SERVING VETERANS, MY PRIVILEGE
David A. Barker, State Service Officer for AMVETS
A short bio from the Chillicothe VAMC. Dave Barker, AMVETS State Veterans Service Officer, was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 3, 2005.
Barker served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961 and in the Navy Reserve from 1961 to 1968. He graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1971 and attended Marshall University's Graduate School from 1971 to 1973
From 1983 to 1998, Barker served as a Franklin County Veterans Service Officer. He currently serves as the AMVETS State Service Officer, dividing his time between VAMC Chillicothe's main campus and the Portsmouth Community Based Outpatient Clinic (Mondays).
Barker has been very active in veterans organizations, having helped organize seven different AMVETS Posts, two of which he served as Commander for a total of seven years. He has also been Commander at three different VFW Posts for a total of 5 years, and served 3 years as a Post Commander of the American Legion. He served as the VFW State POW/MIA Chairman from 1984 - 1987.
Barker has won numerous state and national awards for his work in support of our nation's veterans and has authored three books which are in the Library of Congress along with several articles concerning the effects of Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This book is in the U.S. Library of Congress