#VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Walter Henriksen


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Walter Henriksen.

Walter was drafted in the Army in 1942 and served as an anti-aircraft operator during World War II. He was primarily stationed in Scotland and left for France three days after D-Day.

He received two purple hearts during his tour of duty. He received one after he was the only survivor of bombing attack on his unit.

When he returned from the war, he raised two kids on his own after his wife passed away from cancer.

We honor Walter’s service.

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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.