Veteran of the Day graphic created by Kimber Garland for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Navy Veteran Carolina Hernandez. Carolina served in active duty from 2005 to 2009.
Carolina was born and raised in México, where she learned to sew from her mother and grandmother. In 2000, she moved to the United States to pursue better opportunities as a fashion designer.
Carolina enlisted in the Navy in 2005 and became a Ship Serviceman. Her first assignment was the USS Pearl Harbor based out of San Diego. Shortly after, she deployed in support of the Global War on Terror in 2005, deployed in support of the Partnership of the Americas in 2007 and Maritime Security Operations in the Persian Gulf in 2008.
Carolina left active duty service in 2009 and joined the Navy Reserves in 2010. She deployed once more in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012. For her service, Carolina earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Sailor of the Quarter in 2018.
Carolina also continued to focus on her clothing line called Veteran Couture, earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the Art Institute of California in 2014. She is currently the owner of “Veteran Couture” and volunteers with The Mission Continues and Team RWB.
Thank you for your service, Carolina!
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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 www.loc.gov/vets/.
Editor: Arletha Ndoume
Fact Checker: Matthias Sheppard