Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Coast Guard Veteran D.K. Adams. D.K. served from 1960 to 1963 during the Vietnam War.

D.K. joined the Coast Guard in 1960 and was stationed in the North Atlantic during the Vietnam War. He suffered blunt force trauma and three concussions, leading to his loss of vision over a 30-year period. D.K. has five percent vision in his right eye following 33 eye surgeries. He currently resides in Madeira Beach, Florida.

D.K. credits service dogs with helping him and other disabled Veterans through tough times. He is currently writing a book series, including three children books from the perspective of his service dog Ace. The profits from these books are donated to a service dog organization in D.K.’s community that helps Veterans by providing and training dogs.

D.K. has obtained adaptive assistive technology and technology training through the Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System. This has helped him to follow his passions for writing and advocacy for service dogs. 

Thank you for your service, D.K.!


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 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.

The information for this #VeteranOfTheDay profile was submitted by the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.


Nicole Maiterth is currently studying Development Studies with a specialization in Political Science at the University of Oslo.

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Published on Feb. 24, 2018

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  1. D. Frank WAITERS March 18, 2018 at 6:20 am

    I need help with my skin and neurology.

  2. Carlyle March 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Service dogs have proven time and time again their effectiveness in the rehabilitation of people with disabilities in so much that these dogs are being used at alarming rates.

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