Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Irma Dryden. Irma served during World War II.

Irma is originally from New York, NY. She joined the Army as a Nurse and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. In April of 1943, she was assigned to the Tuskegee Air Base hospital in Alabama to support the pilots of the Tuskegee Experiment.

During her service, she met Army Second Lieutenant Charles Dryden, who was a pilot assigned to 99th Pursuit Squadron, and they later married.

Irma is part of the Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen and was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 for her service.

Thank you for your service, Irma!


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 Whitney Moore: Whitney is an undergraduate senior at Southern New Hampshire University studying Social Media Marketing.

Share this story

Published on Dec. 8, 2018

Estimated reading time is 1.1 min.

Views to date: 124

More Stories

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Deborah Jo Pereira, who enlisted in the military at a unique time in her life and in American history.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran John Williams, who served in the Air Force Band and is today a well-known composer of multiple music pieces.

  • Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Forces Veteran Charles Bronson, who served as a B-29 aerial gunner during World War II and later became a Hollywood action star.