– Senior Advisor
Ronald Drach is a subject matter expert in military and veterans issues with more than 46 years of experience. After losing a leg as a result of combat in Vietnam, Ron medically retired from the U.S. Army in 1967 with a Purple Heart. Soon after, he focused his life on working to help his fellow disabled veterans.
Following nearly three years with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), he joined the staff of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), becoming the organization’s national employment director in 1975. Later, Ron was employed as the director of government and legislative affairs by the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL/VETS).
Throughout his career, Ron earned a reputation as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on employment issues influencing disabled veterans and others whose lives have been affected by disabilities. Many times throughout his career, Ron has appeared before congressional committees, offering expertise and recommendations for legislative change.
Throughout the years, Ron has served on many commissions that strive to enhance the lives of disabled veterans and other people with disabilities. Ron served four years as a member of DoD’s Recovering Warrior Task Force after being appointed by former DoD Secretary Gates. He has also served on the governing boards of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, the National Resource Directory and others. He is a founder of the Wounded Warrior Project and served on the Board of Directors for ten years, four of which as Board President.