#VeteranOfTheDay Air Force Veteran Thomas Ernest Tafoya


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Air Force Veteran Thomas Ernest Tafoya.  Thomas served during the Vietnam War from August 1965 through January 1969.

Thomas enlisted in the military in August 1965 while he was living in Pueblo, Colorado.  He completed basic training at Lackland Airfield in San Antonio, Texas, before eventually serving abroad in Utapao, Thailand, with a unit providing strategic air command support for B-52s and KC main airplanes.

After his service, Thomas went on to earn his master’s in social work and still lives in Colorado with his wife and three daughters.

We thank you for your service, Thomas!

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Veterans History Project

This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.

Graphic by Daniel Gomez


Natalie Scholander

Natalie Scholander is a senior at Regis University in Denver, Colorado studying Public Relations, Sociology, and French. Natalie is also a Social Media intern for the US Department of Veteran Affairs.


  1. danilojosecanonizado49    

    To many veterans and media (a huge majority) all can be squeezed into 24/7 for the sacrifice of mind body and soul. You understand and I thank you with all Gods Gifts forever.

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