#VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Reece Lodder


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Veteran Reece Lodder.

Reece served from 2009 to 2017 as a 4341 Combat Correspondent.

He deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2011 to 2012 in Garmsir, Helmand province, Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines.

Reece was named top Marine Corps photographer in 2011 and 2012 and was runner-up for DoD Military Photographer of the Year in 2012.

Reece’s iconic photo Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, which captures a bomb detection dog resting between two Marines during combat operations in Afghanistan, went viral after being featured by USA Today, numerous national media outlets, and as the subject of a video feature by NFL Films Presents.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing earlier this year.

Thank you for your service, Reece!

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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.