#VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Derek Rodenbeck


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Derek Rodenbeck. Derek served from 2005 to 2015 during the Iraq War.

During his seven years of service, Derek served as an MP. As a Sergeant, Derek also took on responsibilities as brigade public affairs officer. He was intricately involved in managing public relations, journalism and broadcasting in combat. Derek collaborated with the Mobile Public Affairs Detachment to film and edit on-ground footage, conduct interviews, produce voiceovers, and prepare for broadcast newsreels for Armed Forces Network airing worldwide. Later, he completed a solo, full production documentary film about the war.

In 2015, Derek participated in a Veterans entrepreneurial training and education program for disabled Veterans at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. After graduating, Derek experienced a brief period of homelessness, living in his car with his service dog, Kuma. However, Derek continued his work in artistry and today is the creative director of a Pottstown, Pennsylvania game developer. He is also is working on a comic book based on a movie screenplay by two writers in Georgia.

Thank you for your service, Derek!

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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.


Natalie Himmel

Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Linda Little    

    thank you for your service

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