Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Tracy R. Sefcik. Tracy served from 1984 to 1987.

Tracy was born in 1964 and graduated from Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois. She joined the Navy out of high school on the delayed entry program. Tracy served on the first all-female tugboat, USS Kittanning YTB 787.

After her service, Tracy married a sailor and became a Navy wife for 15 years. She went to college at the age of 40 when her sons were older and graduated with a 4.0 GPA.

Tracy currently resides in Wheeling, Illinois. At the age of 52, she decided to cycle across the United States from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida, fundraising for her fellow Veterans.

Thank you for your service, Tracy!


Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

Do you want to light up the face of a special Veteran? Have you been wondering how to tell your Veteran they are special to you? You’re in luck! VA’s #VeteranOfTheDay social media feature is an opportunity to highlight your Veteran and his/her service.

It’s easy to nominate a Veteran. All it takes is an email to newmedia@va.gov with as much of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.


Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.

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Published on May. 13, 2017

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