Roberto “Bobby” Barrera
Former National Commander
Disabled American Veterans
Roberto “Bobby” Barrera, a service-connected, combat disabled Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps was elected National Commander of the 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at the organization’s 2009 National Convention in Denver Colorado.
A native of Del Rio, Texas, Bobby was elected to national office as National 4th through 1st Junior Vice Commanders beginning at the 2004 National Convention, and National Senior Vice Commander in 2008 at National Convention in Las Vegas, Nev.
Bobby attended junior college for two years before enlisting in the Marine Corps in February 1969. On September 16th, while serving with the Marines in Vietnam, he was seriously burned when enemy forces exploded a 500-pound bomb rigged as a land mine beneath the armored personnel carrier he was traveling in.