#VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Carla Thornton


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Carla Thornton.

Carla joined the Air Force in 1997 and served as a Logistics Technician. She has served tours during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She spent 11 years on active duty and nine years in the Air Force Reserves.

Carla’s awards include the Air Force Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.

Carla continues to support the veteran community by working as a Veterans Counselor at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California. Additionally, she is a board member on the California Department of Veterans Affairs and serves on the Leadership Council on the University of Southern California Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families.

Thank you for your service, Carla!

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.

Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


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.