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Veterans of the Year

Veterans of the Year Nominations

The Veterans of the Year program began in 2011 to celebrate a male and female resident veteran from all wars and conflicts within the Mission Viejo community. Since then, veteran honorees have been recognized during our annual Veterans Day ceremony. Applications to nominate a veteran are available online and can be dropped off at the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center at 24932 Veterans Way or emailed to

For more information, contact 949-470-3062 or


Veteran of the Year 2017: John "Bogie" Boegeman, U.S. Air Force

John “Bogie” Boegeman faithfully served our country in the US Air Force from 1952 to 1960. During his tenure, he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and worked in top secret clearance for the Atomic Energy Commission. His expertise was in special weapons aircraft integration. For his loyal service, he was named Airman of the Month and awarded good conduct national defense services medals.

His service to our community runs just as deep. When Bogie retired after a 40-year career in the aerospace industry, he delved into volunteerism and spent his time soliciting food and clothing for various church and school organizations. His efforts have only grown since then. He is dedicated to helping ease the conditions faced by many young military families. To do that, he collaborates with 22 veterans who acquire items for military families at Camp Pendleton. Thousands of pounds of goods, bedding and children’s items are donated to Bogie each week for those families. Through Bogie’s efforts, last year alone 104,500 diapers were collected and distributed to military families. He teamed up with Santiago Church and procured 300 new wheelchairs for veterans in need. In fact, he manages two groups of veterans who compete to see who can procure the most goods each month.

The list of his contributions goes on and on.

Bogie is also proud to be involved with various retired military organizations including the Knights of Columbus, VFW Posts #6024 in Mission Viejo and #9934 in Dana Point.

Bogie, who has been married to his wife Tory for 65 years, has three children, Steven, Janelle and Trish; six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren – all local residents. Along with spending time with family, Bogie enjoys being a commercial mural artist.

John and Tory have been Mission Viejo residents since 1972.