Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Elliott McKenzie.

Elliott served from 2003 to 2007 as an 0311 Rifleman. He deployed to Ramadi, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 with 1st Battalion, 5th Marines.

Elliott left the Marine Corps in 2007 and started developing symptoms of PTSD. He now uses music as therapy and a way to give back to the Veteran community.

He recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science.

Thank you for your service, Elliott!


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? 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.

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Published on Jun. 29, 2018

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