#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Tristan Gross


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Tristan Gross. Tristan served from 1993 to 2017.

Tristan enlisted in the Army in 1993 as a fire direction specialist and was tasked with helping to figure out how to efficiently fire artillery where needed. He also served as an advisor to the Iraqi Army and as a human resources non-commissioned officer at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Tristan deployed twice to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and once to Honduras for a humanitarian mission.

Tristan retired in 2017 after 25 years of service, and today works as a truck driver with JB Hunt in the Killeen, Texas area. He received several awards, including the Bronze Star and the Air Assault badge.

Thank you for your service, Tristan!

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Graphic By Lilian Vo: Lilian Vo is an undergraduate senior at George Mason University studying Global Affairs and Intelligence Analysis.


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.