#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Norma Jean Bradford


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Norma Jean Bradford.

Norma served in the Army from 1987 to 2017; 30 years of honorable service. During that time, Norma deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

She has received a number of awards, including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

After her time in the Army, Norma founded Been There, Done That – a company that helps girls and women aspire to reach for their fullest potential in whatever career field they choose.

Thank you for your service, Norma!

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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.


  1. Linda Eleshuk Roybal    

    Thank you for featuring Norma Bradford as Veteran of the Day.

    When I was stationed at Ft. McClellan, Major Bradford was my CO and gave her permission for me to marry Ted, my husband of 44 years. We married at Hoisington Chapel, Ft. McClellan, with most of the women of the basic training company where I served as training officer in attendance.

    She made my life better in many ways and I am sure she did so for many other women.

    Linda Eleshuk Roybal
    Army Veteran

  2. Cheri Scott    

    Can’t believe someone who would tow a target behind their aircraft so ships could practice shooting, was not considered part of the military!

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