#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran David Gerardi


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is David Gerardi. David served the United States Marine Corps as a Reconnaissance Marine and sniper before joining the United States Army and becoming a weapons sergeant with the 19th Special Forces Group. On June 6, 2011 David found himself in a fierce firefight in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. After orienting to the battlefield he recognized that he could provide cover fire for a team of Marines who were pinned down by machine gun fire. Sprinting across an open field with bullets passing inches from him, he took the position and began dispatching the enemy with accurate rifle fire.

His actions that day saved an entire team of Marines and earned him the Silver Star Medal, the nations third highest award for valor.

Thank you for service, David. Semper Fi and Hooah!

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James Killen

–James Killen is a public affairs specialist and member of VA’s digital engagement team. James is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who enlisted in the Marine Corps five days after high school. As a CH46E mechanic he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the initial invasion, and then to the Al Anbar Province 04-05. James is currently a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard and serves as the public affairs officer for the 123rd Airlift Wing. He is a father of three beautiful girls, a huge Chicago Cubs fan and a die-hard Kentucky Wildcat. Go Big Blue!