Bobby Barrera was elected to the Board in 2013. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in February 1969 and while serving in Vietnam, he was seriously burned when enemy forces exploded a 500-pound land mine beneath his armored personnel carrier. His military awards and decorations include the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and Combat Action Ribbon. In addition, Barrera is the recipient of DAV’s Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year for 1998; LIFE’s (Leaders in Furthering Education Foundation) Presidential Unsung Hero Award for 1998; Disabled Veteran of the Year for Texas in 1990 and 1998; and the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award for 1997.
Barrera was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 1.2 million-member DAV at the 2010 National Convention in Atlanta, Ga., and served one year as Chairman. He was also elected National Commander at the organization’s 2009 National Convention in Denver, CO.
A native of Del Rio, Texas, Barrera earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at St. Mary’s University and later, while teaching at Del Rio High School, earned a master of education degree in guidance and counseling at Sul Ross State University. He retired in 2004 and currently conducts motivational presentations for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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