#VeteranOfTheDay Tim Chambers


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Tim Chambers. Known most affectionately as “The Saluting Marine,” Tim served the United States Marine Corps from 1994-2009 in various administrative roles and was serving at the Pentagon during 9/11.

In 2002, during the Rolling Thunder event in Washington, D.C. Tim jumped off the curb to give the riders a hand salute. His way of saying thank you to those who keep the memory of our POW/MIA Servicemembers alive. In 2003 he was able to render a salute to the first and the last rider, something he has been doing now for 13 years.

Even though holding a salute for hours is extremely difficult and painful, Tim hopes his moment of pain can take a little bit of the pain away for others. He believes our world will heal when we greet each other with compassion, respect, and caring, and that is the message he hopes to deliver to those who see his example.

Thank you for your service, Tim. Semper Fi!


James Killen

–James Killen is a public affairs specialist and member of VA’s digital engagement team. James is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who enlisted in the Marine Corps five days after high school. As a CH46E mechanic he deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the initial invasion, and then to the Al Anbar Province 04-05. James is currently a member of the Kentucky Air National Guard and serves as the public affairs officer for the 123rd Airlift Wing. He is a father of three beautiful girls, a huge Chicago Cubs fan and a die-hard Kentucky Wildcat. Go Big Blue!