Ron Amen – Vietnam Veteran

Ron Amen - Vietnam Veteran and Muslim AmericanRon Amen was born July 16, 1945 in Dearborn, Michigan. He attended Dearborn Public Schools through high School and graduated from Fordson High School in 1963 whereupon I enrolled at Henry Ford Community College. As a result of missing a semester of school due to an injury he was drafted into the U.S. Army in September of 1965. He served two years including a one year tour of duty in the Republic of South Vietnam as a helicopter door gunner. Upon completion of a combat tour of duty he was honorably discharged in September of 1967 and returned to Henry Ford Community College. He then transferred to University of Michigan Dearborn and completed my education there.

Since induction into the armed forces, Ron Amen’s calling was to serve his community in any capacity for which he was capable.

Ron Amen was hired by the then Metropolitan Airport Police and became a police officer in 1974. In 1982 he was deputized into the Wayne County Sheriff Department and served there until 2000. In that year the then Sheriff, Robert Ficano, was elected Chief Executive of Wayne County and he was offered a position on his staff as his Executive Assistant. Ron Amen performed the duties of community liaison agent for four years and retired from the county in October of 2004 after 32 years of service.

In November of 2004 Ron Amen was appointed as the Operations Manager of the new Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and helped with the successful launch of the first museum of its kind. This unique facility records and preserves the history of Arabs in America and is a reservoir of the contributions Arab Americans have and are making to our great country. He performed those duties through October of 2009.

In November of 2009 Ron Amen was appointed as the Director of Community and Economic Development for the City of Dearborn Heights by Mayor Daniel S. Paletko. Essentially his duties were to administer federal grant monies to be used to rehabilitate homes in the city, attract new business, support non-governmental agencies serving the city’s citizens and finance the maintenance of the city’s infrastructure.

Throughout Ron Amen’s various careers he has always been involved in civic, social and religious issues and with organizations serving the community. Ron Amen has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Islamic Center of America since 1995 and has served on its Executive Board since 1999. Ron Amen is a founding member of The Arab American Political Action Committee. In 2007 he was honored with the “Peacemaker of the Year Award” by the Department of Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies of Wayne State University for his work in outreach to fellow citizens of the broader American community. In 1998 he made an unsuccessful bid to be elected to the Wayne State University Board of Governors. Ron Amen was only the second Arab American Muslim to ever run for a state-wide office. Since induction into the armed forces, Ron Amen’s calling was to serve his community in any capacity for which he was capable.