Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Bryan Burgess. Bryan served during the War on Terror.
Bryan enlisted with the United States Army in 2003. After completing his training, Bryan was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Over his eight years of service, Bryan served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
On March 29, 2011, while conducting operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, Bryan was mortally wounded by enemy small-arms fire.
Bryan’s last combat operation, Operation Strong Eagle III, was captured on film by an ABC News correspondent and featured in the war documentary “The Hornets’ Nest.”
Throughout his service, Bryan reached the rank of staff sergeant and earned several awards and commendations, including the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal. He is remembered by those he knew for his strong will and ability to lead by example.
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.
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