Montgomery County Recorder and Veteran Brandon McClain was named the 2019 Herman Zerger Veteran of the Year. Herman Zerger, who recently celebrated his 96th birthday, is a WWII Veteran who was a Prisoner of War for 95 days. The award is presented every year to a veteran who epitomized impeccable character, a strong dedication to his country, and outstanding service to Democratic ideals.
Since 2018, Recorder McClain has introduced the Veteran Identification Card Program to connect veterans to earned benefits through a complimentary ID Card while also offering offsite recording of military service release documentation (commonly known as the DD-214) to assist disabled and immobile veterans. Most recently, McClain launched the Voices for Veterans Advisory Group to assist veterans seeking a second set of medals or information about discharge upgrades.
McClain, who formerly served as a Magistrate Judge in Dayton Municipal Court and an Attorney with the Montgomery County Veterans' Treatment Court, was a Sergeant in the Army National Guard prior to being honorably discharged.