Deputy Director Bob Barnes came to the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services on following 14 years as an advocate for veterans in the State of Louisiana. Working for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Barnes held the positions of Parish (County) Service Officer, Regional Manager, Deputy Director, and Deputy Assistant Secretary.
Mr. Barnes was instrumental in establishing the State of Louisiana’s Guard/Reserve Welcome Home Program. This program included the establishment and training of National Guard members to serve as unit veteran benefits liaisons. Mr. Barnes also served on the Military Family Assistance Board.As Deputy Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Mr. Barnes oversees the Department’s Veterans’ Services Division, State Approval Agency, Fiduciary Division, and Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.
He is an active life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.