Retired Marine helps local veterans get their benefits

"They're still out there, they still need help and that's what I'm here for," said Mike Barker.

Posted: Feb 4, 2018 4:52 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2018 4:59 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- This week's Hometown Hero is Mike Barker. He spent 30 years in the Marines working as a wireman and in the legal sector of the Corps.

He's carried that service into retirement, now helping other veterans get their benefits.

"He worked for the Veterans Service Office Lane County as a County employee for about 10 years, and he retired from that...he does it now on a volunteer basis and he really took to it," said Barker's wife, Debbie.

"One of the things I love about this job and one of the reasons I keep doing it is just the good feeling you get when a Veteran comes back and says 'I got hearing aids, I can actually hear again.' It really touches your heart and you really love to do that," said Barker.

"When I retired from the Marine Corps, I was a Master Gunnery Sergeant E9 and my primary job was to take care of the troops and that's what I feel like I'm still doing. They're still out there, they still need help and that's what I'm here for," said Barker.

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