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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Paul R. Allen. Paul served from 1943 to 1946 during World War II.

Paul was drafted into the Army in February 1943, where he served in the 386th Infantry Regiment and the 97th Infantry Division. In 1945, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and towards the end of World War II, he fought in Czechoslovakia. After completing 6 months overseas and serving on active duty for three years, Paul was commissioned as a second lieutenant.

Paul was honorably discharged from the Reserves in 1956, and spent his time earning both a bachelor’s degree (1952) and a Master of Business Administration (1960).

Thank you for your service, Paul!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Michael Carlton Riley. Michael served during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1969.

Michael was born in 1947 and joined the Army in 1967, where he became a squad leader during the Vietnam War. He served in the Long Range Recon Patrol, also known as LRRP. Michael was awarded the Bronze Star for assignments by General Westmoreland, who commanded American forces during the war and became the Chief of Staff of the Army. Michael also received the Purple Heart, Army Commendation, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He now resides in Rochester, New York.

Thank you for your service, Michael!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Brandon Snow. Brandon served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Navy Corpsman.

Brandon was born in Alamosa, Colorado and joined the Navy after September 11, at the age of 18. He became a medical specialist, known in the Navy as a corpsman, and served with the 1st Marine Division’s 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and the 3rd Marine division’s 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment as a medic. Brandon deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the mission to save lives and rescue Marines.

Today, Brandon continues to serve fellow Veterans as a telehealth tech at the San Luis Valley Veterans Affairs clinic in his hometown, where he lives with his wife and two children. He interacts with patients and conducts exams while doctors in other cities watch through a video conference. Brandon frequently connects with Veteran patients to help explain the VA process. He is also a member of the Alamosa Volunteer Search and Rescue Team.

Thank you for your service, Brandon!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Jason Ward. Jason served from 1998 to 2014.

Jason served as a Chief Warrant Officer All Source Intelligence Technician and participated in numerous operations, including both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. As part of the DOD's POW/MIA accountability mission, Jason led Investigation teams across SE Asia and Oceania in search of unaccounted for Americans from WWII and the Vietnam War.

Jason retired in 2014 and is currently living in Michigan. Jason continues to be involved in efforts to investigate unaccounted for Americans and advancing his education.

Thank you for your service, Jason.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran John J. Perrotta. John served during World War II from 1943 to 1945.

Following his enlistment into the Army, John was deployed to the European and Mediterranean theaters as a combat medic. John took part in missions in North Africa and crossed over into Southern Italy with Allied forces.

John served alongside Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated American soldiers of World War II. John was in Southern France when German troops surrendered on May 8, 1945.

After his service, John owned a trucking company based out of New York City where he lived with his two children. His legacy lives on through his children and four grandchildren.

John passed away on July 4, 2004.

We honor his service.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force and Coast Guard Veteran Art Sloane.

When Art was in high school, he enlisted in the Air National Guard. Once he turned 18 in 1954, he entered the Air Force. He stayed until 1961, returning to the Guard for five more years.

In 1966, Art joined the Coast Guard Reserve. He retired in 1995 as a master chief petty officer and command enlisted adviser.

After the military, His continued his service to society as a teacher.

He worked with the VA Medical Center in Phoenix and Victory Place, helping provide housing assistance and job training for Veterans. He also served with Arizona Stand Down and was active in organization such as Jewish War Veterans, Korean War Veterans ,and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

“I build my life by helping Veterans,” he told KJZZ radio.

Art passed away on Monday at the age of 83. He will forever be remembered as a tireless supporter and advocate for Veterans.

We honor his service.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Forces Veteran Paul Boyer. He served during World War II.

Originally from Malone, NY, Paul flew Douglas A-20 Havoc bombers with the 672nd Bomber Squadron, 417th Bomber Group in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.

He now resides in Connecticut.

Thank you for your service, Paul!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Diane Ahrens. Diane served from 1978 to 1980.

Diane joined the Marines in the late 1970s and served as a military police officer at Parris Island, South Carolina. After nearly three years of service she returned to civilian life. She now lives in Dundee, Illinois with her husband, who is also a Veteran. Diane serves as President at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2298 in Dundee.

In addition to her role with VFW, Diane has organized and thrown baby showers for expecting Veterans for the last three years. The events require planning and collaboration with community partners to make the showers memorable. Diane’s most recent baby shower in January 2018 was for 30 women Veterans and was featured in VFW magazine. All 30 women were gifted important items for their upcoming parenthood. She also helped to raise thousands of dollars for gifts for the Hines VA National Baby Shower on May 11, 2018.

Diane and her husband also opened Piece-A-Cake Bakery in 1994 and have run it ever since.

Thank you for your service, Diane!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Robert L. Martin.

Robert served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

When he graduated from Iowa State University ,he joined the military and trained at the segregated military complex in Tuskegee, Alabama. He was then attached to the 100th Fighter Squadron in Italy.

On March 3, 1945, Robert and 23 other Tuskegee Airmen conducted a mission in Slovenia and Austria. Robert’s plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. He bailed out of his plane and landed safely on the ground. He was brought to a farmhouse before taken to Croatia where he met with an Allied mission.

He was later brought back to Italy where he celebrated V-E Day.

Robert passed away on July 26. He was 99.

We honor his service.
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Air Force Veteran Steve Doudt is a full-time official and travels the country for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. He is in 18thseason as a basketball official and his second at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
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