#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Ronald Lee Butler


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Ronald Lee Butler.

Ron enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard in 1952 and was a commissioned officer by 1959. He served on active duty through 1985 before retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

He served in the Vietnam War and is a three time bronze star recipient, having received several other medals and awards during his 33 years of military service.

Following the Army, Ron worked with U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command under defense contracts for an additional 10 years.

Ron has been a part of VA voluntary service for the last 12 years and holds positions with the Regional National Cemetery Improvement Corporation and Military Officers Association of America.

Thank you for your service, Ron!

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Melissa Heintz

Melissa Heintz joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 and currently works 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 where she serves as a public affairs officer with the 113th Wing, D.C. Air National Guard.