#VeteranOfTheDay Navy Veteran William “Bill” Chad Mulder

#VeteranOfTheDay William Chad Mulder

Veteran of the Day graphic created by Alexandra Craig for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran William “Bill” Chad Mulder. Bill served during the War on Terror.

Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1997. Six months later on July 11, 1997, Bill entered Basic Underwater Demolition/Sea Air Land Training in Coronado, California. He successfully completed SEAL training in June 1998.

Throughout his career with the Navy SEALs, Bill served in both East and West coast based Special Warfare units. He earned numerous awards during his multiple overseas combat deployments, including three Bronze Stars with Valor, the Joint Service Commendation Medal with Valor, three Navy Marine/Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy Marine/Corps Achievement Medals and a Presidential Unit Citation.

Bill retired from the Navy in January 2017 after a distinguished twenty-year career as a U.S. Navy SEAL. He passed on June 9, 2017 at the age of 46.

Bill was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery. He is remembered as a loving family man and an exceptional combat Veteran.

We honor his service.


Memorial Day Awareness

This month, the VA’s National Cemetery Administration is partnering with Carry the Load, a nonprofit organization that connects Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military, Veterans, first responders and their families to commemorate the “Memorial May” awareness campaign. The VA will share the stories of service members and Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in “Veteran of the Day” posts leading up to Memorial Day 2019.


Editor: Geoffrey Townsley

Fact checker: Jordan Gossett

Graphic design: Alexandra Craig


Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal is a public affairs officer for VA’s office of Digital Media Engagement and member for the VAntage Point’s staff. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.


  1. Robert Bostic    

    We honor the service of Navy Veteran William “Bill” Chad Mulder.

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