Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Sam Marchiafava. Sam served from 1968 to 1970 during the Vietnam War and spent several more years in the active reserves.

Sam was drafted into the Army in 1968 and completed basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana. He served with the 25th division, 2nd of 27th Infantry in the Vietnam War from 1968 before he was assigned to Fort Carson, Colorado. Sam was discharged in 1970 and assigned to the active reserves from 1970 to 1974. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge during his service.

After leaving the military in June 1970, Sam began working at the Baton Rouge Water Company as a supervisor. He retired in August 2013 and recently helped distribute over 600 flags to his subdivision to support Veterans. Sam enjoys spending his retirement with his family and friends, including his grandson Jett and his dog Rosie.

Thank you for your service, Sam!

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.

Graphic By Paola Betancourt: Paola is a Writing & Rhetoric Major at the University of Central Florida. She currently freelances as a graphic designer and copy editor

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Published on Aug. 25, 2018

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