DATE:  Nov. 16,  2001     NO: 01-89

CONTACT: Dan Travis  PHONE: (907) 465-5881

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release

Marty Towsend Receives 2001 Veterans Exemplary Service Award

Praising him for his outstanding contributions to improving the quality of life for veterans and their families, Dep. Secretary of Labor D. Cameron Findlay presented Martin "Marty" Townsend of Anchorage the 2001 Veterans Exemplary Service Award at a Veterans Day Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. 

Townsend, who is a veterans' representative with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development's Anchorage Veterans Resource Center, was honored for his diligent efforts in assisting a disabled veteran with special needs over the course of seven years. Since 1994, Townsend worked with a Vietnam-era veteran to help him obtain and retain employment, helping this veteran eventually become employed at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Using successful case management techniques, he continues to assist this veteran on a regular basis. 

"This national award is a fitting tribute to your years of providing outstanding veterans' services with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development," wrote Labor Commissioner Ed Flanagen in a letter of congratulations to Townsend. "I am confident that the recognition you have earned will inspire in all of us a sense of rededication to those who have served us so honorably in our armed forces." 

Townsend has been a veterans' representative for thirteen years. During 2000, he had 975 referrals, of which 97 were special, disabled veterans. To view a special Veterans Day web cast of the U.S. Department of Labor's awards ceremony and Salute to Veterans, click here

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