HOMER S. TOWNSEND, JR.
PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA
Homer S. Townsend, Jr., began serving as Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) Acting Executive Director in July 2007.
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.
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.
worked on F-4 Phantoms, A-4 Skyhawks, A-6 Intruders and AV-8A Harriers.
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.
permanent residence is Mesa, Arizona, where he
is an entrepreneur.
has a son, Dale, daughter-in-law, Melissa, and three grandchildren, Atticus, Hazel and Edith.