Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award
Ronny D. Sweger
Sergeant Ronny D. Sweger, U.S. Army, was born 16 April 1974 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised on a small farm near Bristow, Oklahoma. He attended grammar school through high school at Bristow, Oklahoma. While studying at Northeastern State University in 1993, he enlisted into the Oklahoma Army National Guard to become a construction engineer. He graduated basic and advanced training, an Honor Student in each. He then transferred to the Army Special Forces and subsequently served in Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq. His medals and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and two Purple Hearts.
A wounded warrior, Ronny Sweger continually demonstrates dedication to the wellbeing of his fellow veterans following his service in the U.S. Army. He resides with his wife, Claudia, and his triplet sons in Bixby. He is a "Mentor" with the Special Operations Command Care Coalition and is a Military Advisor for the Paws4Vets / Paws4People Foundation. Ronny and his wife are on the Folds of Honor Foundation's Speakers Bureau, and he serves as the Scholarship Advocate, helping to give over six million dollars worth of scholarships to killed and disabled veteran's family members.
Ronny helps raise money for military charities as an Advanced Marksmanship Instructor with Shooting with SOF (Special Operations Forces). Until November 2012, he was also the Director of Operations (Oklahoma) for the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation. He also assists and supports the Warriors for Freedom Foundation, the Green Beret Foundation, the Special Forces Association, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart in which he held the office of Chapter Senior Vice.
Ronny co-founded The Foundation for Exceptional Warriors (The FEW) in 2012. The FEW serves SOF veterans and those recognized for heroic actions, as well as the combat wounded, through outdoor adventures (known by some as Recreational Therapy). Ronny was recognized by Oklahoma Congressman Mullon in 2013 for his volunteer work with The FEW. He epitomizes the definition of selfless service.
For his service to veterans and their families, SGT Sweger is recognized with the MG Douglas O. Dollar award and inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.