Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Jose B. Alvarado. Jose served during World War II from April 1941 to March 1945 as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Jose was drafted into the Army at age 22 and completed basic training at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. While serving, Jose traveled from Mississippi, through the Panama Canal, to Hawaii, and the Philippines. Jose served with K Company, 152nd Infantry Regiment, 38th Infantry Division.

After sustaining injuries in battle while stationed in the Philippines, Jose was honorably discharged from the Army in March 1945 and returned to his wife in Indiana. Jose and his wife went on to open a restaurant, Joe’s Taco Grill, in East Chicago, Indiana after several years of working in a mill.

Jose passed away in March 2009 at the age of 90 in his hometown of Munster, Indiana.

We honor your service, Jose.

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 information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at

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. 30, 2017

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