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Kerry Baker

Kerry is a service-connected, combat-disabled veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He now advocates for his fellow veterans as a VA appellate practitioner at Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD.

​Kerry served in the Marines from 1987 to 1998 and was awarded multiple valorous combat awards. He was deployed all over the world including conflicts in Panama and Somalia, as well as the Persian Gulf War in which he served in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.

Prior joining Chisholm, Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, Kerry worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the Chief Legislative and Policy Staff in the Veterans Benefits Administration. He managed special projects focused on meeting disabled veterans’ health and disability needs arising out of the Vietnam War, Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kerry’s work has helped thousands of veterans access the benefits they deserve including those suffering from conditions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the effects of Agent Orange exposure, and military sexual trauma, to name just a few. Notably, Kerry supervised all policy evolution relating to the adjudication of over 150,000 Vietnam Agent Orange related Nehmer claims-the largest and by far, the most successful Nehmer project in its 25-year history. Prior to leaving the VA, Kerry supervised a one-year long project title “Changing the Game: Disability Claims Process 2012,” which consisted of 28 proposals ranging from legislative/regulatory changes to internal policy changes. If enacted, the net effect of such proposals could streamline the claims process and improve benefits delivery to Veterans and their dependents.

Kerry also served as an Assistant National Legislative Director for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). There, he provided support and assistance in promoting and advancing legislative, policy, and regulatory goals of DAV – all aimed at assisting disabled veterans. Kerry also served as a Non-Attorney Practitioner for DAV’s Judicial Appeals Office where he provided legal representation to veterans and their dependents before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) in appeals from the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).

MILITARY AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Recipient of Three Combat Air Medals, with Combat “V” for Valor in Combat, USMC
  • Recipient of Three Navy Achievement Medals with Combat “V” for Valor in Combat, USMC
  • Recipient of Combat Aircrew Insignia, USMC
  • Recipient of numerous unit awards, certificates of Appreciation, physical fitness awards, etc., USMC
  • Nominated, Marine Corps Aviation Association, Air Crewman of the Year (USMC), 1991
  • Nominated, National Helicopter Association Air Crewman of the Year (USMC), 1991
  • Nominated, Plane Captain of the Year (USMC), 1991
  • Nominated for Combat Meritorious Promotion to Sergeant, 1991