Hank Baker lauded for service to vets

Posted 7/15/17

Hank Baker, senior vice commander of Paul Jones Memorial Chapter 25 Disabled American Veterans (DAV), was recognized on July 11 for his outstanding service and dedication to veterans of Bradley, …

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Hank Baker lauded for service to vets

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Hank Baker, senior vice commander of Paul Jones Memorial Chapter 25 Disabled American Veterans (DAV), was recognized on July 11 for his outstanding service and dedication to veterans of Bradley, Meigs, McMinn and Polk county.

At the monthly chapter member meeting, Bill Gray, commander of Chapter 25 DAV, presented Baker with a plaque and clock.

Baker, a member of DAV since 1989, has served as senior vice commander since 2011 and previously served as chapter chaplain.

He has ensured that local veterans were able to make their doctor appointments to surrounding hospitals by serving as volunteer transport driver (with his personal vehicle). In the past year alone, he has driven nearly 5,000 miles to meet this need. Baker has assisted with 35 new memberships to Chapter 25.

Additionally, Baker is the commander of 3rd District DAV (which includes Hamilton, Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Polk and Rhea counties) of Tennessee. He is also chaplain for Trench Rats of Tennessee.

Baker, a combat infantryman, retired in 1976 as an army sergeant first class. He is a Vietnam Veteran.

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