The American Vision – Restless Hearts: What If Fallen Heroes Could Go Home? – With Guest: Dennis Baker – Navy Commander, Author & Veterans Advocate
Dennis O. Baker, Ph.D., Commander, U.S.N. (ret) was born in Newburgh, NY and graduated from Delaware Valley Central School, then enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970. In 1980 he was selected as the East Coast Sailor of the Year for Tactical Wings Atlantic Fleet. He earned the Enlisted Air Warfare Designation. The following year he was commissioned as an Ensign Aviation Maintenance Officer. He served 28 years, retiring as a Commander.
During his time in the Navy he was awarded three Navy Achievement Medals, Three Navy Commendation Medals and Two Meritorious Service Medals for his leadership in support of airpower missions ranging from Persian Gulf Earnest Will Missions to Middle Eastern conflicts.
President of National Aviation Academy
He was recruited as the President of National Aviation Academy in Clearwater, FL. He served as the Executive Vice President of First Coast Technical College for five years, and then hand-picked by Florida Representative Dr. William L. Proctor to be the Director of Flagler College, Tallahassee, FL.
Commander Baker served as a passionate advocate for post-secondary education and volunteered for many other civic and military organizations throughout Florida. He is frequently asked to speak at public events and most recently co-spoke with Bobby Bowden at a Commitment to Character dinner for a fundraiser.
Restless Hearts: What If Fallen Heroes Could Go Home?
Dennis Baker is an author, most notably for Restless Hearts, What if Fallen Heroes Could Go Home? The book has earned distinction of Silver Award in the Military Writers Society of America and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Restless Hearts is a fictional novel that honors all military, including active duty, reserve, and veteran servicemen and servicewomen. This is a tale of hope and destiny. The book is intended to evoke the thoughts of the reader to examine what possibilities exist, and the resultant heartache when there are abrupt endings to life.
The individual stories introduce five servicemen and showcase their lives on the day before each one leaves for war. Enter a young man who has reservations about choices that he has made in his life. As the story proceeds, he is mentored by those who never had a second chance. This book takes the reader into a fantasy of second chances for the characters and unveils the secret, heartwarming truth behind a hidden facet of the main character’s life.
In the pages of Restless Hearts, you will discover that those who have the least in life sometimes have the greatest gifts to give to others. This story shows that there is a place in everyone’s life for new beginnings, or at least gives readers pause and makes them think about their own lives and their personal impact on others who make up the circles of their lives.
If life ended today, would your influence leave a positive, lasting footprint in the world of your loved ones?
President of the Florida Veterans Foundation
Dennis was appointed President, Florida Veterans Foundation (FVF) in April 2017. He was first recruited by Major John Haynes, Chairman Emeritus, Florida Veterans Hall of Fame Inductee, and Governor’s Medal of Merit, to work with FVF in July of 2015 to complete the Medal of Honor Memorial at the Florida Capitol.
The FVF initiatives for aging Veterans, Veterans Treatment Courts, Opioid Addiction, and Suicide Prevention have gained national recognition. His duties are fundraising and staff operations in support of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as their Direct Support Organization. During his time at the foundation as the Special Projects Coordinator he penned, was awarded, and executed a $1.25 million grant from Attorney General Bondi. The grant served Florida Veterans’ emergency financial, transportation, health, legal, education, and welfare needs.
He is married to Norma Jean and they live in Tallahassee.
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