#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Claire VanLandingam


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Claire VanLandingam.

Claire was born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana. She was commissioned a Navy Dental Corps officer on Dec. 9, 2013 and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in early 2017. While still in school, Claire worked in clinics to provide services to low-income and disabled patients.

Claire’s first tour was at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois. She worked at the USS Osborne Clinic at the Naval Station Great Lakes Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes Illinois, the Navy’s largest dental operation. Claire helped to provide advanced dental care for new recruits and was described by her officers as a fast learner and fantastic dentist who quickly made her mark on colleagues and patients. She completed the FHCC Tactical Combat Casualty Care course to advance her deployment readiness level in the Navy, despite not being required to do so as a dentist.

Claire unexpectedly passed away at the age of 27 on Jan. 3, 2018 in Lake Forest, Illinois.

We honor her service.

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Nick Pearlman

Nick Pearlman is a junior studying Government and Business Analytics at William and Mary. He is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is currently a writing and social media intern at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.