#VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Tamara Archuleta


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Tamara Archuleta.

Tamara attended the University of New Mexico and participated in the Air Force ROTC program.

After her commission, she trained to become a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter pilot. She was assigned to the 41st Rescue Squadron at Moody Air Force Base.

On March 23, 2003, Tamara was co-pilot of Komodo 11 during a mission in Afghanistan. The helicopter crashed, killing her and the five other airmen on board.

We honor her service.

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 information as you can put together, along with some good photos. Visit our blog post about nominating to learn how to create the best submission.

Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

Graphic By Damin Jung: Damin Jung is a student studying Web Design. She has a BS in International Relations and Politics.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.