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Salute Our Troops | Local Army veteran uses unique sense of humor to serve other veterans

Tom Daw served decades in the Army, has a big heart, and also has a unique sense of humor. He's now using that humor to serve other veterans in Las Vegas. (KSNV)

Every month, we like to salute our troops by recognizing individuals in our community who go the extra mile to make our community great.

Our nominee this month is someone who served decades in the Army, has a big heart, and also has a unique sense of humor. He's now using that humor to serve other veterans in Las Vegas.

Tom Daw's story begins not unlike many others.

"I was in the United States Army. I started off at Fort Benning, Ga., then I went off to Fort Drum, N.Y.," said Daw.

He joined the military young, rose to the rank of staff sergeant, and ultimately stayed for 20 years before retiring.

However, Daw's service to the country certainly didn't end there.

"When I retired, I gained a little weight and I grew my beard out, and then one day, I just shaved it and was like, wow, I do look like him," said Daw.

The resemblance was uncanny. Daw not only looked like "Larry the Cable Guy," he even had his southern accent and sense of humor.

Since moving to Las Vegas in 2009, Daw has worked as an impersonator, performing mainly for veterans and their children.

"Right now, the main thing I do, I make a lot of hospital visits, stuff like that. I try to see as many of the severe as I can," said Daw.

Despite his own health issues, including COPD, Daw volunteers with the organization, Welcome Home Troops, organizing toy drives, distributing blankets to the homeless, and even facilitating trips to NASCAR races for disabled vets.

"I don't have to have the spotlight. I just love to make people feel better," said Daw. "And if I can take away somebody's pain for a little bit, make them laugh, it beats the alternative."

Daw was nominated by friends and family who say he's a real-life hero with a selfless attitude and a genuine heart, and for that, we salute him.

On behalf of News 3, our community partners, and the entire Las Vegas community, we want to thank Daw for his service, not only in the military and 20 years with the U.S. Army but also for his continued service throughout the entire valley and the community. We are certainly lucky to have him here in Las Vegas.

If you know an active or retired military member, male or female, who goes above and beyond in our community, we would like to recognize them. To make a submission, CLICK HERE.

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