#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Laura Clark


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Laura Clark. Laura served in the U.S. Army from 1986 – 1989 and then in the Maryland National Guard from 1989-2005. She served as Military Police and an administrative assistant. She served in the Gulf War in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. She also worked with the Drug Suppression Team at the Panama Field Office, Third Region, United States Army Criminal Investigation Command. Laura used her military police training as a starting point for a career in law enforcement with the Baltimore County Police Department. She served for 20 years with Baltimore County and attained the rank of Lieutenant prior to retiring in 2010. She currently resides in North Carolina and stays active by hiking, camping, and participating in all manner of activities related to the great outdoors.

Thank you for your service, Laura!


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. 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 Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.