Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Billiekai Boughton. Billiekai served from 1989-1992 during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Billiekai served as a Network Switching Systems Operator. For her service, she was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars and Kuwait Liberation Medal.

Currently, Billiekai lives in San Diego, California, and is involved with several community organizations. She passionately serves as a board member for the San Diego Veterans Coalition and the California Women Veterans Leadership Council. Additionally, she is the founder of the San Diego Veterans Coalition Women’s Network and leader of the San Diego Veterans Women’s Networking Meetup. She has been recognized for her work in the community and was the 2016 University of California, San Diego (UCSD) nominee Women Leader of the United State of Women, the 2015 nominee for Women Veteran Leader of the Year, and the 2013 and 2014 UCSD Veteran of the Year.

Thank you for your service, Billiekai!

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 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 Sep. 18, 2017

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