Hats Off To Heroes Presented by USAA


USAA and ISM Raceway have partnered to honor Heroes in Arizona through their Hats Off to Heroes program.  USAA and ISM Raceway will honor a Valley Hero each month of the year to highlight the extraordinary stories and backgrounds of each individual chosen. 

"USAA is proud to sponsor The Hats Off to Heroes program with ISM Raceway,” said Gay Meyer of USAA. “The Hats Off to Heroes sponsorship demonstrates our deep commitment to support Veteran and Military Spouse Hiring across the country.  Throughout the year, using local market and at-track media opportunities, the sponsorship will highlight the service of a USAA Veteran or Military Spouse. Please join us in our commitment to hiring those who have served."

Learn more about our featured Heroes below.

November 2018 :: Corey Patton

Corey Patton

November 2018 :: Corey Patton-Mclemore

My Story:

At age 19 I decided I wanted to do something greater and larger than your typical every day job, and I decided to enlist in the United States Army as an infantryman life, time on the range, deployments overseas, and time away from friends and family. Towards the at ASU and continue to serve in the AZ state guard. During school it became time for me to start a real job that was related to the field I was studying. Knowing I had set up a mutual fund account with USAA I thought I would see what it would take to move out of state and work for this company. I was surprised to find out that there was an office literally in my backyard. From day one at USAA I experienced a welcoming and appreciated feeling. I was able to work alongside veterans like myself and with those who did not serve, but we all had the same mission in mind. I was provided the tools and veteran networking needed to move up in my role and know my future here is bright. I am beyond honored to have USAA as my permanent duty station.

December 2018 :: Jessica Roza

Jessica Roza

December 2018 :: Jessica Roza

My Story:

Jessica has been involved in the military community her entire life & in a variety of capacities. She was born into an Air Force family & was a proud Military Brat. She enlisted into the California Army National Guard as a Paralegal Specialist at the age of 17, during her junior year of high school. She actively participated in the Guard Recruiting Assistant Program enlisting civilians from her local community into the military. She supported her unit’s legal & human resource office in the rear detachment during their deployment to Iraq. She transitioned to the Army Reserves when her spouse had a permanent change of station to Kansas & served as a Financial Management Tech at a unit near Fort Riley, Kansas. She also spent 6.5 years as a Military Spouse heavily involved in the family readiness programs coordinating events & supporting military families during deployment. She has two children who are very proud to be mil-kids.

Jessica stays active in the military community by volunteering with military & veteran organizations- She is currently one of the Arizona state chapter leads for 22UntilNone.org, whose focuses are PTSD/suicide awareness & prevention, as well as resource & referral for transitioning veterans.
She particularly enjoys helping female veterans develop their careers & fully recognize the value they bring to their companies & communities.

Jessica’s current role at USAA is in New Member Solutions as a Senior Specialist on-boarding new members.

Randy Smith

January 2019 :: Randy Smith

Terra Thrash

February 2019 :: Terra Thrash

Odette Esho

March 2019 :: Odette Y. Esho