Veteran of the Day graphic created by Alexandra Craig for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Ray Ramirez. Ray served during the War in Afghanistan.
In March 2011 after graduating high school, Ray declined a scholarship to play Division I college baseball and instead chose to enlist with the United States Army. After completing his training, Ray was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team stationed out of Fort Stewart, Georgia.
On June 1st, 2013 while serving a combat deployment in Wardak province, Afghanistan, Ray was mortally injured by an improvised explosive device. He was 20 years old.
Ray’s final rank was specialist. For actions during his service, Ray was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He is interred at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Solano County, California. Ray is remembered as a loving son and dedicated service member.
We honor his service.
Memorial Day Awareness
This month, the VA’s National Cemetery Administration is partnering with Carry the Load, a nonprofit organization that connects Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military, Veterans, first responders and their families to commemorate the “Memorial May” awareness campaign. The VA will share the stories of service members and Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in “Veteran of the Day” posts leading up to Memorial Day 2019.
Editor: Geoffrey Townsley
Fact checker: Jordan Gossett
Graphic design: Alexandra Craig