#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran Michelle Downs Mantooth


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Michelle Downs Mantooth. Michelle served as an officer for five years.

Michelle graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2010 and served for five years as a surface warfare officer on the USS Port Royal both at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and at sea. Her duties included electrical maintenance supervision and media coordination for public events. Michelle was honorably discharged and worked for over two years in the private sector before earning her Master of Business Administration in May 2018. She now works as a digital marketing manager for the United Services Automobile Association (USAA). Michelle’s hobbies include weightlifting, for which she qualified at the national Olympic level.

Thank you for your service, Michelle!

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.

Graphic created by Dominique Ramirez: Dominique is a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team. He manages multiple pages across the VA.gov domain, including the VAntage Point blog. He also creates graphics for VA’s social media channels.


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.