Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Rodney “Rod” Odgers.

Rod served in the Navy from 1954 to 1958 as a hospital corpsman, second class. After working as a medic in psychiatric services at the naval hospital in Oakland, California, he was hand-picked as the leading psychiatric technician for a pioneer program at the Yokosuka Naval Hospital in Japan. There he served for two years treating more than a thousand Navy and Marine Corps personnel with post traumatic stress disorder in the Far East & on ships from the 7th Fleet.

When Rod left the Navy, he graduated from San Francisco State University and completed graduate studies. He taught elementary school for 45 years in the San Francisco Unified School District until his retirement, focusing his attention on disadvantaged children. He was recently featured on the Contra Costa County, California, Veterans’ Voices talk show. Later this month he will appear by live link at the annual meetings of the Common Roots Conference in the UK.

Thank you for your service, Rod!


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. 16, 2017

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