#VeteranOfTheDay: Army Veteran Paul L. Meza


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Paul L. Meza. Paul joined the U.S. Army in 1943 during World War II. He was a mortarman with the 79th Infantry Division and served in Germany, Belgium, England, France, Holland, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Italy. During his time in combat, Paul was injured by shrapnel.

After returning from the war, Paul worked for FMC Corporation as a buyer until he retired in 1964. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars #3752 where he served as chaplain. He is also a lifetime member of AMVETS and DAV. Paul, who will be 95 this year, and his wife of 71 years, Andrea, live in California.

Thank you for your service, Paul!


Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and worked as the National Veterans Day Coordinator, National Veterans Outreach. She grew up on an Army base in Japan before her family relocated to Hawaii. She holds a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Spanish from Seattle University. Melissa has served as a public affairs specialist with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In December 2015, Melissa commissioned in the Air National Guard as a public affairs officer.