Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Lyle Allen. Lyle served in the Army from 1997 to 2010.

Lyle enlisted in the Army in 1997. He served in Kuwait and Operation Iraqi Freedom as being a combat engineer and served with the 479th, 1st, 2nd, and 82nd Battalion.

Lyle retired from the Army after being wounded in Iraq. He then spent five years as a certified peer support specialist at the Bradenton, Florida Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic. Lyle is currently at the Knoxville, Tennessee Vet Center where he provides readjustment counseling outreach and educational services to Veterans in the area. He works with military units and Veteran organizations to increase awareness and access to Veteran services.

He is currently obtaining a degree at Florida International University to become a recreational therapist.

Thank you for your service, Lyle!

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/his 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 Anthony Kolodziej: Anthony is an undergraduate senior at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point studying International Studies and Political Science.

Share this story

Published on Sep. 16, 2018

Estimated reading time is 1.3 min.

Views to date: 85

One Comment

  1. Robert Bostic September 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Thank you for your service, Lyle!

Comments are closed.

More Stories

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Spiros “Steve” Pisanos, a Greek national who flew for the British Royal Air Force as an American pilot during World War II.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Stephen W. Pless, who served in the Vietnam War and is the only Marine aviator to be awarded a Medal of Honor during the war.

  • Alan Shepard served in the Navy aboard a destroyer and as a test pilot. He was a member of the NASA Mercury Seven and became the first American to travel into space.