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DAV National Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster and National Adjutant Marc Burgess announced the appointments of Ron Minter as assistant national voluntary services director and Janice Hagar as associate national communications director at DAV's National Headquarters in Cold Spring, Ky.

"I am proud of these individuals who have dedicated themselves to our organization's legacy of service to veterans," said Burgess. "I expect Ron and Janice will do well in their new leadership positions and will contribute significantly to DAV's mission of improving the lives of the men and women who served and their families."

Assistant National Voluntary Services Director

A Gulf War-era veteran, Ron Minter enlisted in the Navy in 1990. As a result of service-connected injuries, he was medically discharged in 1995. His career with DAV began in 1999, when he attended the National Service Officer Training Academy in Denver. Upon graduation, he was assigned as a national service officer (NSO) apprentice at DAV's service office in his hometown of Waco, Texas. There he was subsequently promoted to associate and then senior associate NSO. He was transferred to the national service office in Baltimore in 2007, where he served as assistant supervisor before being promoted to supervisor in 2009.

In 2011, he was appointed the national voluntary services director, where he served until returning to the national service office in Waco in 2014.

In his new role, Minter is responsible for assisting the national voluntary services director with a corps of DAV volunteers who, along with DAV Auxiliary volunteers, donate millions of hours per year to volunteer work at Veterans Affairs medical facilities. He also helps direct the nationwide DAV Transportation Network, in which DAV hospital service coordinators arrange transportation for veterans who have no way to get to and from VA medical facilities.

Additionally, Minter will help direct and coordinate activities involving the annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and the National Disabled Veterans TEE (Training Exposure Experience) Tournament, two adaptive sports events co-hosted by DAV with the VA.

Minter is a life member of Chapter 3 in Waco, Texas.

Associate National Communications Director

Janice Hagar enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1984 after earning her bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Morehead State University in Kentucky. After serving as a logistics specialist, she entered the public affairs field and was trained to become a combat correspondent.

Hagar retired as a master sergeant in 2005, after 21 years in the Marine Corps. Her personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and Joint Service Achievement Medal.

After her retirement, Hagar became the civilian deputy director of public affairs for Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where she served for 11 years while earning a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California in 2013.

In her new capacity, Hagar's responsibilities include producing a wide variety of written and multimedia projects for DAV's internal and external communications. She writes news stories and features for DAV's website and magazine, and develops talking points, press releases, scripts and speeches.

A native of Ludlow, Ky, Hagar is a member of Chapter 19 in Cold Spring.
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Title Annotation:MILESTONES
Publication:DAV Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2018
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