#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Amanda R. Fichera Kean


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Amanda R. Fichera Kean.

Amada was a senior in high school in Swan, Ohio, when she decided to join the Army. She was only 17 when she joined and had to get her parent’s permission. She left for basic training the summer after she graduated in 1999.

After basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, she was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. She served as a motor transport operator in Kuwait and Iraq where she transported food, supplies, and weapons.

While on active duty she married Norman Kean, Jr., who was also in the Army. Amanda left service in 2003. She then used her G. I. bill benefits to go to college.

Thank you for your service, Amanda!

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 of the information as you can put together with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating for how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

Graphic created by Carl J. Valentino: Carl J. Valentino is a student at the University of Delaware with a Major in International Business and a Minor in Graphic Design.


Melissa Heintz

– Melissa Heintz joined the VA’s Digital Media Engagement team as a public affairs specialist in October 2015. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Navy Region Hawaii Fleet and Family Readiness and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Rhode Island Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 143rd Airlift Wing.