HOMER S. TOWNSEND, JR.PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICAEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Homer S. Townsend, Jr., began serving as Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Acting Executive Director in July 2007.He was selected as PVA's Executive Director in March of 2008.
In March 2006, Townsend was awarded PVA's Speedy Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the lives of America's paralyzed veterans.
Previously, Townsend served as PVA Immediate Past President from October 2000 through September 2004.He served as PVA National President for two years from October 1998 through September 2000.Townsend also served as PVA Senior Vice President for two years and National Vice President for four years.He has served on numerous national PVA committees, including serving as chair of both the PVA Long Range Planning Committee and the PVA Field Advisory Committee.Originally from Woodland, Maine, Townsend left to join the Marine Corps.He moved to Mesa, Arizona, after being medically retired after serving five and a half years.
Townsend served as an aircraft electrician where he was retired as a staff sergeant.He worked on F-4 Phantoms, A-4 Skyhawks, A-6 Intruders and AV-8A Harriers.
Townsend has served at every capacity on the chapter level except that of secretary and treasurer.
During his tenure as chapter executive vice president, he was responsible for bringing the Access to the Skies Conference out of Washington, DC, to Phoenix, AZ, where it grew from 40 attendees to over 200 - half being from the disabled community.In addition to his PVA responsibilities, Townsend has also served as a member of the President's Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities, the Arizona Governor's Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities (1992-1996), and the Mesa Mayor's Committee on Handicap Awareness (6 years), which he chaired for two years.He was presented the key to the city by the mayor for his dedicated service.
Appointed by the governor, he has recently completed a four-year term as a commissioner on the Arizona Veteran Service Commission.
Townsend currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, while serving as PVA Executive Director.His permanent residence is Mesa, Arizona, where he is an entrepreneur.
Townsend has a son, Dale, daughter-in-law, Melissa, and three grandchildren, Atticus, Hazel and Edith.
LifeLock, Inc. Takes Michigan Paralyzed Veterans to the Races | Paralyzed Veterans of America
"We are deeply grateful to CODE for their generosity and their commitment to help veterans with disabilities secure great jobs and careers, which in turn helps employers strengthen their workforces with great employees," said Homer S. Townsend, Jr. national executive director of Paralyzed Veterans.
CODE was established by Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), a worldwide online, PC and console video game publisher and publisher of the best-selling Call of Duty® video game franchise.
This nonprofit public benefit corporation will focus its resources on assisting organizations that provide job placement and training to veterans, as well as engaging the media and public forums to raise awareness about the issue.
"Paralyzed Veterans estimates the national unemployment rate for veterans with severe disabilities to be over 85 percent.
With this grant, and the work already being done by across the nation, we aim to make this grim statistic a thing of the past by helping to unleash the untapped talent and potential of this often underutilized part of our workforce," said Townsend.
Spirit of the Games | Paralyzed Veterans of America
Homer S. Townsend, Jr., Paralyzed Veterans' national executive director, said, "I've attended a lot of Games, and it's been my pleasure to hand out medals to the athletes and see the joy in their faces."
Paralyzed Veterans of America: Congress Blocks Paralyzed Veterans
Americans need to know the truth about this American Institute of Philanthropy Report (AIP) which is so unfair, flawed and insulting to our brave heroes," said Homer S. Townsend, Sr., Acting Executive Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America.
We believe that when all Americans know the facts, they are going to feel as outraged as we are," Mr. Townsend said.
"We urge Chairman Waxman, with great respect, to stand with Paralyzed Veterans and for the freedoms we have sacrificed so much for," Mr. Townsend said.
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