Robert T. Reynolds, a service-connected disabled veteran who served in the U.S.
Army, was elected National Commander of the 1.3 million-member Disabled American
Veterans (DAV) at the organization's 2007 National Convention in New Orleans.
A native of Arlington, Va., Past National Commander Reynolds enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984
and served until a parachute accident caused him to be honorably discharged in 1990
with service-connected disabilities. His service included the U.S. Army Special
Forces and the 82nd Airborne Division, with overseas assignments at the Jungle Expert
School, French Commando School, and Operation Southern Thrust.
An avid Harley-Davidson rider for more than 28 years, Past National Commander Reynolds started
riding in 1980. He has owned several Harleys to include a Sportster and a Softail.
He currently rides a 1950 Panhead 100th Anniversary, Electra Glide Classic, as well
as a customized 2006 Street Glide honoring the Harley’s Heroes® program, all military
men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and those disabled in service to
Past National Commander Reynolds attends various motorcycle rallies annually. In 2008 he led the
Harley’s Heroes program in the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom in Washington, D.C.
It was his 21st Rolling Thunder event to raise awareness of the POW/MIA cause.
A life member of DAV Chapter 10, Arlington, Va., Past National Commander Reynolds’ leadership
positions include two consecutive years as Chapter Commander; various DAV Department
of Virginia committees and all elected officer positions, including Department Commander
and Judge Advocate. Nationally, he was elected 4th Jr. Vice Commander through National
Commander consecutively beginning in 2002 and has served on several national committees.
Past National Commander Reynolds is involved in numerous volunteer activities in his community
and at the Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Va., VA Medical Centers. He is also the
Department of Virginia National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic Coordinator.
The Department supports 15 disabled veterans at the event annually, where he has
participated, and volunteered as a coach and instructor for 15 years.
Past National Commander Reynolds earned his BS degree in computer science from Strayer University
in Washington, D.C. and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from George
Washington University in Washington, D. C. He is the Executive Management Officer
for Policy and Program Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington
Past National Commander Reynolds and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Alexandria, Va. He has two
children, a son and daughter, and two grandchildren.