Army Veteran Kandi Sims is today's Veteran of the Day.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Kandi Sims, who served a tour providing aviation support during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Kandi Sims was born and raised in the small town of Culpepper, Virginia. She never intended to join the military, but after graduating high school, Sims became a single mother who needed to provide for her family. She was afraid to join the Army in a time of war, but she persevered out of love for her daughter.

Sims joined the Army in 2005 and went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for basic training. She then reported to Fort Hood, Texas, for her first assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division as a motor transport operator. Afterward, she deployed to Iraq for a 15-month tour where she provided her division with aviation support.

During her service, Sims said she met many incredible people who she still keeps in touch with on a regular basis. She said her deployment also taught her a new perspective on life: to enjoy it to the fullest.

In 2009, Sims left the Army with an honorable discharge and thanks to the GI Bill attended Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Virginia School of Massage in Charlottesville, Virginia. She currently practices as a licensed practical nurse at Downtown Family Health Care in Charlottesville. Sims is happily married with two daughters, and is working towards becoming a registered nurse within the next year.

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Published on Sep. 1, 2020

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  1. Senior Veterans Care Network September 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Thank you for your service Kandi Sims.

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