Juan Baret

Location: Virginia, USA
Branch Of Service: Air Force
Disability: 40%


My Story

Juan Baret grew up in the Dominican Republic and then at the age of 9 emigrated to the Bronx, New York, where as a boy he developed a strong sense of national pride and sense of duty to his country.  He grew up in the shadow of old Yankee stadium which nurtured and bolstered his strong love of baseball.

Over his almost 9 years in the Air Force, he received numerous awards, among them the Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Service Ribbon with Gold Border and a National Defense Service Medal.

However, Juan’s service left its mark…

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Juan Joined the Air Force to serve his country and found himself overseas for both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  He served in humanitarian relief operations in El Salvador and operations to repair storm damage in Guam.  His service to his country cost him life altering injuries and damage to his legs and hips so that now he has trouble walking or even standing for extended periods of time and his love for playing baseball is over.

Juan has a wife and three children and has rediscovered his love for baseball by starting a small company which handmakes bats and gloves.  He has a powerful desire to pass on the joy of sportsmanship and discipline that comes with the opportunity to play the game.  Juan’s Dream is to build bats not only for the major leagues, but also to be able to provide bats and gloves to less fortunate children so that they can build their bodies, minds and characters through America’s game.  

The 4Vets4Life Program, with your help, wants to make it happen. Your donation can provide the first steps in Juan achieving his Dream, and 4Vets4Life, in conjunction with other non-profits and organizations, can provide him the network and resources he needs for that Dream to be a success. Together, we can thank Juan for his service to his country and change his life and the lives of those children he wants to help.