#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Richard Harrison


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Richard Harrison.

Richard Harrison was born in North Carolina and served 20 years in the Navy. He served on four ships, including his final years on USS Chowanoc. He was discharged in the mid-1970s, while stationed in San Diego, and went into real estate.

Years later, Richard moved his family to Las Vegas and opened Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.

He was best known as “Old Man” on the show “Pawn Stars.” He passed away earlier this week at the age of 77.

We honor his service.

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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.


  1. Catherine Nau    

    Very sorry to learn about Mr. Harrison Sr.’s passing. My blessings go out to all of the family members. I enjoyed watching Pawn Stars for years — all the jokes, pranks and amazing knowledge Rick was happy to share.


    When I read stories like yours I wonder when they say the process for veterans claims is getting faster what they are talking about. To have an appeal for almost 5 years is totally ridiculous. The VA needs to get better instead of talking about it.

  3. Terry Davenport    

    Harrison was convicted of auto theft. Went to Navy instead of jail.

    1. Eric Walker    

      A success story on many levels. I’m not necessarily proud of why I joined the Navy, but I’m proud of the 20 years I spent in the Navy and how I left it!

  4. Albernecia    

    Mr Richard Harrison’s FAMILY…You have my condolences! I’ve watched him occasionally on the show. He will be MISSED. Sincerely, Ms DaVis.

  5. Perry G. Byron Sr.    

    This is not as easy as you make it out to be.

  6. Perry G. Byron Sr.    

    I have had an appeal in to the VA for almost 5 years now. I have got little notes about my address, a head injury, and a hole lot of be patient. Can anyone talk to me or am I just out of luck.

    1. Stacy Moody    

      Hi there 🙂 I am Stacy and I work for the VA, I saw your post and wanted to help.
      1. By law EVERY COUNTY has to have a VSO (Veteran’s Service Officer), find yours, and ONLY use a County VSO. There are other VSO’s out there that get paid to assist you. My suggestion is to only use the county appointed VSO’s for assistance. You can also see if there is a American Legion VSO in your area. These are few and far between but they can also assist, by asking questions, making calls etc.
      2. Call the National VA number every single Friday, 1-800-827-1000 or 1-800-273-8255. Every single Friday (or any day you choose, easier to get thru on Thurs/Fri), and ask them for the status of your appeal. Tell them how long you have waited. You will mostly likely get the I am reading from a card answer, but keep calling every week.
      3. Go to http://www.ebenefits.va.gov – register – track appeals and claims there, plus a plethora of other things you can explore on your benefits.
      4. If after a period of time you are still not getting answers, or nothing is moving. Please feel free to contact me. 805-363-4223. I am a nobody but I have a voice and I am not afraid to use it for m brothers and sisters in arms.
      For those that may read this, feel free to contact anytime for questions, but also please be respectful, and know that I am only one person 🙂

      Hoooah! Sir, I hope this information helps you 🙂

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