#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Matthew Sean Neely


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Matthew Sean Neely.

Matthew enlisted in the United States Army on June 13, 1994, after almost a year in the Delayed Entry Program. He completed basic and advanced training for a Cannon Crewmember. Upon completion, he spent time stationed in Colorado and Kansas, before going to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. He later completed a one year tour in Ar Ramadi, Iraq with the 5th Field Artillery before retiring from the Army in December of 2004.

After he was discharged from the Army, Matthew returned to school, taking advantage of the GI Bill, studying to become a teacher. He values the lifelong friendships he made while in the Army, which include future members of his wedding party.

For his service, Matthew was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terror Medals and others.

Thank you for your service, Matthew!

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.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.