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Tennessee Disabled American Veterans Commander Garrett Hanas was in Cleveland recently to present a special award to a local veteran and member of Cleveland's DAV Chapter 25.Hank Baker, who currently …
Tennessee Disabled American Veterans Commander Garrett Hanas was in Cleveland recently to present a special award to a local veteran and member of Cleveland's DAV Chapter 25.
Hank Baker, who currently serves as senior vice commander of Paul Jones Memorial Chapter (Chapter 25), has been selected as the 2017 Veteran of the Year by the Tennessee DAV.
Baker, who also serves as commander of the DAV's District 3, was selected as this year's winner from 43 statewide DAV chapters and 17,784 Tennessee members.
This was another honor in a string of DAV recognitions bestowed on Baker in recent months.
In September, Baker was appointed to serve as deputy national chief of staff by National DAV Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster.
Baker also serves in other leadership capacities in the community. In addition to these latest appointments, he is membership chairman for DAV Chapter 25. He also volunteers as a transport driver for veterans who require assistance in getting to hospital or doctor's appointments.
Baker was a combat infantryman during his tours of military service in Vietnam. He retired in 1976 as an Army Sgt. 1C. As a veteran, he has been a member of DAV since 1989.
The DAV Chapter 25 holds meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Senior Center, located at 190 Urbane Road in Cleveland.
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