Robert "Bob" Barry of Inverness, Florida, is the Region 4 Director to the Vietnam Veterans of America National Board of Directors, representing Vietnam-era veterans residing in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. At the national level, he serves on the Veterans' Benefits Committee, the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder/Substance-abuse Committee, and the Membership Affairs Committee.
A member of VVA Chapter 1036, Barry recently retired to Citrus County from Georgia, where his VVA service included Vice President of the Georgia State Council and editor of the Georgia State Council newspaper. He has also served on the VVA Region 4 Disciplinary Committee, as well as on the National Task Force for the "Future of VVA."
An Army Infantry Intelligence Operations NCO, Barry served with the 82nd Airborne in the Dominican Republic (1965); with the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Brigade, in Vietnam (1965-1966); and with the 509th Airborne in Germany (1966-1969). His military decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge; the Parachutist Badge; the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service; the Good Conduct Medals w/OLC; the National Defense Service Medal; the Vietnam Service Medal; the Vietnam Campaign Medal with two stars; and the Expeditionary Force Medal. In Vietnam, while assigned to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne, his unit received a Presidential Unit Citation. Barry is the author of Powerpack, the 82nd Airborne in the Dominican Republic, and The Vietnam Odyssey: The Story of the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, in Vietnam.
Barry holds BS degrees in Criminology and Psychology from the Florida International University and a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia, where he received his certification in psychiatric social work.
He is recently retired from the position of warden with the Georgia Department of Corrections. A career which began in counseling led to Barry's pioneering work in writing, designing, and implementing the first treatment program for mentally ill inmates, a population which included many veterans. Barry was appointed Director of this model facility, whose innovative construction and forward-thinking programs attracted the attention of corrections systems worldwide.
Barry and his wife, Gabrielle, are parents to April, Trisha, Ollie, and Alan.