This Web Story features Therrel Shane Childers, First Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Born in 1972, he served in the Marines for 23 years before being killed in action in 2003. He was the first American life lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom and posthumously received the Purple Heart. We honor his service.

All Web Stories have been adapted from the Veteran of the Day posts at the official blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VAntage Point.

When viewing the Web Story, click on the right and left side of the Story to navigate through it. Click “Learn more” at the end of the Story to see the original post that the Web Story was adapted from.

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