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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Edward James Kaspar. Edward served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Edward served as an Air Force carpenter for four years. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Edward was responsible for guarding a United States Missile Silo.

Following his service, Edward contributed to the black box program for United States Intelligence. He now resides in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.

Thank you for your service, Edward!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Henry W. Andrasovsky. Henry served from 1941 to 1972 in World War II and the Korean War.

Henry joined the Marine Corps in May 1941, six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. When the US entered World War II, he joined the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal.

In 1944, Henry made a landing at Peleliu, Palau which he described as "the most ferocious thing I’ve ever been in.” Of the 23 people who attempted the landing, only about five, including Henry, survived the machine gun fire and mortar explosions to land on the beach. During the mission, an explosion covered Henry’s face and arms in shrapnel. He boarded the hospital ship Samaritan to undergo an operation, and was sent back to the U.S. and discharged.

Henry reenlisted in the Marine Corps a few months later with the 1st Marines. During the Korean War, he participated in the seizures of Yeongdeungpo and Seoul, followed by the Chosin Campaign and Operation Killer. In May 1951, Henry became a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

After serving 20 years, he stayed in the Reserve for an additional ten years. Henry passed away on Dec. 19, 2016 at the age of 93.

We honor his service.
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Jerry served in the United States Air Force. Later in life, he underwent open-heart surgery and became addicted to opioids. Check out Jerry’s story about his addiction, the challenges he faced, the tough love he received, and his recovery.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Todd Ames. Todd served during Operation Desert Storm and the Iraq War.

Todd served in the Army for almost 22 years. During his service, he served in Operation Desert Storm and other shorter tours overseas. He recruited many soldiers into the Army during his years of recruiting and trained future officers through ROTC programs. Todd served in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 before his retirement.

Todd now serves as a police officer for the Central Washington University Police Department in Washington State.

Thank you for your service, Todd!
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Los Angeles County recently saw an 18% decline in Veteran homelessness, thanks to the tireless work of VA staff and partners. Learn more about our successes in LA: http://bit.ly/2J8jU7j
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Veterans enrolled in VA health care have access to high-quality mental health services, including inpatient and outpatient care.

“It really worked for me. It let me know the past was the past,” says Josh, an Army Veteran who received treatment for PTSD.

Watch his story and #ExploreVA to learn more about VA health care benefits.
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Ariel “AJ” Luna. AJ served from 2000 to 2006.

AJ enlisted in the Army in 2000 and began as a communications soldier at Fort Gordon, Georgia. In 2002, he joined the New York National Guard where he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 with the 95th MP Battalion.

While serving in the National Guard, AJ pursued his bachelor’s degree in Television and Radio at Brooklyn College. He also completed his Masters in Administrative Science with a concentration in Non-Profit Organizational Development from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

In 2009, AJ became the director of Veteran services for Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Office of Veteran Services was created to provide student Veterans with access to a variety of services. Soon after, AJ was appointed Director of Veteran Services for Bergen County, New Jersey. He focused his efforts on housing, employment opportunities and service referral providers. In August 2016, the County of Bergen became the 28th community in the United States to have “effectively ended veteran homelessness”.

Thank you for your service, AJ!
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Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Ernest E. Gallego. Ernest served from 1943 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1953, during both World War II and the Korean War.

In a 2005 interview with the Veteran’s History Project, Ernest discussed his life and military career. He was born in 1925 in East Los Angeles, the fourth of six brothers who all served in the military. Immediately following his high school graduation in 1943, Ernest enlisted in the Army, wanting to serve before the end of World War II. At the end of the year, he entered the Army Air Forces.

After completing basic training at Buckley Field outside of Denver and Gunnery School in Kingman, Arizona, Ernest became a ball turret gunner. He was assigned to his first unit in 1944 and went from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Italy in October. They landed in the small town of Foggia, where they lived in tents for a year. Ernest flew 50 missions from Italy and attained the rank of staff sergeant before returning to the United States in August 1945.

Ernest returned to Los Angeles and worked briefly in a hot water heater plant before attending Woodbury College. He graduated with honors and earned a degree in foreign trade. He worked as an export documentation manager during the Korean War, helping to ship supplies to Korea.

Ernest joined the Transportation Corps at Fort Mason in San Francisco and served again in the Army from 1951 to 1953, this time in Korea as an adjutant for a battalion. Following his service in Korea, Ernest married his wife Ester, with whom he had three children. He again worked as an export manager and began attending night classes as a part time law student and in the mid-1960s started a new career as an attorney.

Thank you for your service, Ernest!
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“Just be open to different things, and you’ll find the things that work for you.” Paige served in the U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Navy. Hear her advice for Veterans who might be facing mental health challenges: https://maketheconnection.net/stories/567
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When you call Coaching Into Care at 888-823-7458, you will talk with a member of our team who specializes in helping callers determine the best way to help the Veteran they care about and how to navigate the VA system.

Our goal is to help Veterans, their family members, and other loved ones find the appropriate services at their local VA facilities and/or in their community.
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