Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Patrick Lyons. Pat served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968.

Pat served at Fort Hood, Texas as a platoon sergeant for a weapons platoon. He also served as a long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) ranger. LRRPs train for reconnaissance deep into enemy territory. Pat was awarded the Silver Star and a Purple Heart.

Pat graduated from Penn State University with a degree in marketing and logistics and retired after 33 years working for Shaw Industries. He currently lives in Muldoon, Texas and is a member of the La Grange branch of the Knights of Columbus, a global Catholic organization. Pat is also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion and several other organizations.

Pat spends his retirement as a farmer, a member of the Muldoon, Texas Volunteer Fire Department, a beekeeper and a participant in the local bowling league.

Thank you for your service, Pat!


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.


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 May. 8, 2018

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  1. Conrad Cohen May 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Being awarded the Silver Star deserves more than a passing comment. There should have been more to acknowledge that accomplishment.

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