Clermont County Veterans’ Service Office Executive Director Dan Bare will retire at the end of May after 5 1/2 years leading the county agency that assists local veterans and their families in obtaining veterans benefits, emergency financial assistance, military medals, and service-related documents.
Bare made the announcement during the Wednesday, May 9 meeting of the Clermont Veterans’ Service Commission.
“I have been privileged to serve my fellow Clermont County veterans and to welcome all of them home,” said Bare, credited with innovative outreach programs to educate veterans of the many benefits they are entitled to receive. “There are still many veterans out there that need to make contact with us. We understand what they have been through and we can help them obtain employment, medical, or other services they need,” he said.
Bare is a decorated Vietnam War veteran; he received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Army Commendation for Valor for his service. After serving two years with the military he returned to Batavia, and spent 30 years at First National Bank (now US Bank). After retiring, he returned to public service, spending 14 years as a Batavia Township trustee, director of the Board of Elections, a Municipal Court bailiff, and most recently, the executive director of the county Veterans’ Service Office.
“Dan is a great leader,” said Clermont Veterans’ Service Commission President Bob Derr. “He has made great strides in veteran outreach efforts and will be greatly missed.”
Bare said he has enjoyed helping out in the community, wherever he is needed. “I love to work with kids and see them get the tools they need to be engaged community servants of the future,” said the graduate of Batavia High School, who later returned to serve on the Batavia School Board. Bare said when he retires at the end of May he will stay busy, encouraging other veterans to make contact with the Veterans’ Service Office. He also plans to spend time motorcycle riding with his wife, Connie, and enjoying time with his grandchildren.