Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Matthew Sean Neely.

Matthew enlisted in the United States Army on June 13, 1994, after almost a year in the Delayed Entry Program. He completed basic and advanced training for a Cannon Crewmember. Upon completion, he spent time stationed in Colorado and Kansas, before going to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. He later completed a one year tour in Ar Ramadi, Iraq with the 5th Field Artillery before retiring from the Army in December of 2004.

After he was discharged from the Army, Matthew returned to school, taking advantage of the GI Bill, studying to become a teacher. He values the lifelong friendships he made while in the Army, which include future members of his wedding party.

For his service, Matthew was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terror Medals and others.

Thank you for your service, Matthew!


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.

Share this story

Published on Aug. 28, 2017

Estimated reading time is 1.2 min.

Views to date: 69

More Stories

  • Alan Shepard served in the Navy aboard a destroyer and as a test pilot. He was a member of the NASA Mercury Seven and became the first American to travel into space.

  • Army Veteran Charles W. Whittlesey is a Medal of Honor Recipient and is today’s Veteran of the Day.

  • Army Veteran Hank Welzel served in the Korean War, but his military experience began in the German Army during World War II.