Local veteran wins national award

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Disabled American Veterans recognizes Ronald Voegeli as nation’s top recruiter

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is proud to announce U.S. Marine Corps veteran Ronald L. Voegeli is the Membership Recruiter of the Year for 2014.

The South Carolina native and life member of the DAV Chapter 12 in Beaufort recruited 129 part- and full-life members into DAV during the past year.

Ronald Voegeli, far right, is seen earlier this year presenting an award with other members of the local DAV chapter.
Ronald Voegeli, far right, is seen earlier this year presenting an award with other members of the local DAV chapter.

“Ron Voegeli is able to connect so many veterans in large part because of the free services he offers in helping connect them with the benefits they’ve earned as a result of their military service,” said DAV’s National Membership Director Tony Baskerville. “DAV is a growing organization because people like Ron are on the front lines in communities nationwide providing a clear benefit and message to their fellow veterans.”

Voegeli’s efforts helped DAV reach yearly membership goals at the fastest rate in the organization’s history. Where many veterans service organizations have seen continual reductions in membership, all DAV state-level departments met recruiting goals, along with more than 90 percent of local chapters for the second consecutive year. Nationwide, DAV has 1.2 million members — all wartime service-connected disabled veterans.

“We are veterans serving veterans and our members and focus give us tremendous credibility in communities and before lawmakers in Washington,” said Baskerville. “Ron’s hard work reflects great credit upon himself and shows the commitment of veterans in the Lowcountry.”

Voegeli is a service-connected disabled veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division from 1969 to 1971. He has served in numerous leadership capacities at the chapter, department and national levels within DAV.

For more information about this nonprofit, visit www.dav.org.