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Share Your #VBATribute

Every Veteran has a story,
what's yours?

VBA tributes honor the service of individual Veterans. They are our mothers and fathers, our brothers and sisters, our children, coworkers, and our neighbors. Remembering their service is one small way of repaying the debt we owe our Veterans.


They are our nation's Veterans, and these are their stories.

This #VBATribute is dedicated to Ed Sanders, who recently graduated high school at age 87! Sanders is a Korean War Veteran who dropped out of high school during his junior year in 1952 to join the United States Air Force and become a pilot during the war. He was able to get his Jackson High School diploma through a state of Michigan act that allows school boards to award diplomas to Veterans who left to serve in WWII, The Korean War, or Vietnam War. Congratulations and thank you for your service!

Maj. Marisol Chalas is the first Latina National Guard Black Hawk helicopter pilot. Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, she moved to Massachusetts in 1982. Chalas enlisted in the Army National Guard and was commissioned as an aviation officer. She was first in her class at Fort Rucker Army Aviation School and earned over a dozen awards, including the Senior Aviator Badge. Thank you for your service! #HispanicHeritageMonth #VBATribute

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Share Your Story

Share your story, or the story of your spouse, family members, friends, colleagues, or neighbors.

  • Fill out the form below. Your story length should be about 100-150 words.
  • Attach one or more photos (or the Veteran's photos), that are less than 10MB in size.
  • You can submit as many tributes as you want.
  • Check the box at the bottom of the form to acknowledge consent before submitting your tribute.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see all our tributes throughout November (and beyond).
  • All submissions will be reviewed and tributes will be selected to be featured as part of our ongoing weekly #VBATributes campaign, however there is no guarantee all submissions will be included. Submissions may be edited to conform to VA standards.