Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran R.D. Dickens. R.D. served from 1992 to 1994.

R.D. was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. He enlisted in the Navy and was stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with the Attack Squadron 35. R.D. become a plane captain and was in charge of pre- and post-flight inspections of the A-6E Intruder aircraft. He deployed in support of Operation Deny Flight, which was a NATO led operation over Bosnia. His squadron was attached to the USS Saratoga CV-60 Air Wing during the operation. He currently works as a youth service director at the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board.

Thank you for your service, R.D.

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

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Published on Dec. 24, 2017

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