Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Eric Duckworth. Eric served during the War on Terror.
As a teen, Eric joined his high schools Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and excelled, being one of the only a few members selected to attend a national Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ council meeting for exceptional leaders. After graduating from high school in 1999, Eric enlisted with the United States Army.
Eric first served in the infantry and was later assigned to the 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade stationed out of Fort Carson, Colorado. In August 2006, Eric began serving a combat deployment in Iraq.
On Oct. 10, 2007 while leading a convoy in Baghdad, Iraq, Eric was mortally wounded after his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.
Eric is interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. For actions during his service, Eric was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He is remembered as a dedicated soldier, a devout family man and a passionate sports fan.
We honor his service.
Memorial Day Awareness
This month, the VA’s National Cemetery Administration is partnering with Carry the Load, a nonprofit organization that connects Americans to the sacrifices made daily by the U.S. military, Veterans, first responders and their families to commemorate the “Memorial May” awareness campaign. The VA will share the stories of service members and Veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice in “Veteran of the Day” posts leading up to Memorial Day 2019.
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