Bob Gear is the Director of the Texas Workforce Commission’s Texas Veterans Leadership Program. The Texas Veterans Leadership Program is resource and referral network that serves to connect returning veterans of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and the Horn of Africa with the resources and tools they require to achieve a successful transition into civilian life. Bob also overseas Texas Operation Welcome Home which is a program designed to better meet the needs of Transitioning Service Members, recently separated Veterans and Military Spouses in the Great State of Texas.
He brings years of experience working with programs designed for military service members, veterans, and their families. Bob is a co-founder and served two years as the Commander of the first Veterans of Foreign Wars Virtual Post in the nation. Under his leadership, the Post won VFW All-State and All-American Honors two years in a row. During 2016-2017, Bob served as the District Commander for Texas VFW District 28, the District won All-State and All-American Honors. Bob was appointed to the National OIF/OEF Committee and as National Aidede-Camp in 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and again in 2019-2020. He was the recipient of the Texas VFW J.T. Rutherford Award and Texas American Legion Legionnaire of the Year Award.
Bob serves as the Veterans Preference & Employment Committee Chairman for the American Legion, Department of Texas as well as the Texas VFW Employment Committee Chairman.
Before joining the Texas Veterans Leadership Program in July 2008, Bob served our nation in the United States Army for over 20 years as a Tanker; including a tour of duty in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and two tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom.