#VeteranOfTheDay Michael Castillo


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Michael Castillo. Michael served in Desert Storm, and the Iraq and Afghanistan war.

Michael enlisted in the Army during the late 1980s an infantryman. After a break in service, he returned as a motor transport operator. Among many awards, Michael received the Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Bronze Star.

After over 20 years of service, Michael left the service. He currently works as a county sheriff in Texas. In his spare time, he also performs pro wrestling on the independent circuit.

Thank you for your service, Michael!

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.