Joe Barnard

Special guest

Joseph Barnard served in the U.S. Army infantry with the 82nd Airborne from 1982-1986, then as an Air Force Pararescueman from1988-2001 and then from 2001-2016 as an Air Force Combat Rescue Officer before retiring as Lt. Colonel after 28 years of service.

Today Barnard is the Chief Operating Officer of The Independence Fund.

Founded in 2007, The Independence Fund is committed to serving the warfighter community by providing innovative programs and services to support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual independence of our service members, combat veterans, their caregivers, families, and those Allies who served in combat alongside our troops.

The Independence Fund executes their mission through innovative mobility and adaptive technologies and therapies for combat veterans; suicide prevention; caregiver and family support; and veteran advocacy with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, other government agencies, federal and state legislators, and other partners.

Barnard lives in Charlotte with his wife Meghan. The couple has been married more than 30 years and have two adult sons.

Joe Barnard has been a guest on 1 episode.