#VeteranOfTheDay Eric Duckworth

Veteran of the Day graphic created by Alexandra Craig for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Eric Duckworth. Eric served during the War on Terror.

As a teen, Eric joined his high schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and excelled, being one of the only a few members selected to attend a national Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ council meeting for exceptional leaders. After graduating from high school in 1999, Eric enlisted with the United States Army.

Eric first served in the infantry and was later assigned to the 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade stationed out of Fort Carson, Colorado. In August 2006, Eric began serving a combat deployment in Iraq.

On Oct. 10, 2007 while leading a convoy in Baghdad, Iraq, Eric was mortally wounded after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Eric is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. For actions during his service, Eric was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He is remembered as a dedicated soldier, a devout family man and a passionate sports fan.

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.


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Graphic design: Alexandra Craig

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Published on May. 25, 2019

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  1. Robert Bostic May 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    We honor the service of Army Veteran Eric Duckworth.

  2. Ray & Anna Ledford May 26, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you and your family for your sacrifice you have paid the ultimate sacrifice and all the other people that have done the same I sure do appreciate your sacrifices that all veteran’s have had to endure and have endured for all of us I say thank’s and wish I could tell all of you thank’s personally to your face and give all a great big hug and say how proud that I am of you
    those killed in action ,those who have died after, those who have received horrific and traumatic wounds to there body, mind and soul THANK YOU ALL that have served and stood in harm’s way of any threat to the loved one’s and the rest of nations people of all race’s and creed we. and I salute you and the one’s that are still alive today we owe a great debt that can never be repaid to you and your families

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