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Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs


VA Employees Honored for Their Heroism

January 31, 2006

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WASHINGTON – Dedication, selflessness and heroism took center stage in Washington Tuesday as Secretary of Veterans Affairs R. James Nicholson recognized the efforts of 73 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employees during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

"Our employees are true heroes," Nicholson said, as he presented them with the department’s Valor Award. "Their professionalism and bravery during an unprecedented catastrophe allowed us to focus on the well-being of our veterans.  Even as they endured personal tragedy, they showed a commitment to their patients that never wavered."

The Secretary’s Valor Award recognizes employees and citizens for heroic efforts displayed during a major catastrophe.  The Valor Award is the highest level of recognition and is given to VA employees who exhibit courage and who put their lives in jeopardy to save others.  

These employees were nominated because they exhibited great courage by voluntarily risking their personal safety to prevent the loss of human life or government property.  As a result of their efforts, VA maintained continuity of care for several hundred acutely ill veterans under difficult conditions.  

Nearly 10,000 VA employees around the country will be recognized for their actions during the hurricanes.  In addition to the 73 Valor Awards, 3,000 received official commendations and more than 6,800 were given certificates of appreciation for showing great initiative and ingenuity by addressing and solving all manner of problems arising from flooding, wind damage, lack of power, water, medical supplies and transport during hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

A list of VA's Valor Award honorees follows.

Recipient                                                        Recipient facility

Michael Wayne                                               VAMC Northampton, MA

Paul Shumaker                                               VAMC Pittsburgh, PA

Steven Elliott                                                   VAMC Salisbury, NC

Stephanie Roberts                                         VAMC Fayetteville, NC

Orville Brown                                                   VAMC Durham, NC

Michael Schausten                                         VAMC Beckley, WV

Victor L. Workinger                                         VAMC Atlanta, GA

Calvin Cameron                                              VAMC Atlanta, GA

Rodney Hawkins                                             VAMC Atlanta, GA

Elbert C. James                                              VAMC Atlanta, GA

Richard A. Murphy                                          VAMC Atlanta, GA

Harvey M. Scott, Jr.                                        VAMC Atlanta, GA

Don Cornelius Foster                                     VAMC Atlanta, GA

Robert Richardson                                         VAMC Augusta, GA

Linda M. Banks                                               VAMC Augusta, GA

Calvin Rascoe                                                 VAMC Columbia, SC

John Stevens                                                   VAMC Columbia, SC

Stephen Solomon                                           VAMC Columbia, SC

Rodney Pigford                                               VAMC Columbia, SC

Corey Michael                                                 VAMC Dublin, GA

Gregory Swars                                                VAMC Dublin, GA

Alvin J. Blockton                                              Central Alabama VHCS

Gregory J. Griffith                                            Central Alabama VHCS

Cedric D. Thomas                                           Central Alabama VHCS

Peter Domoracki                                             VAMC Miami, FL

McGraff Hurst                                                   VAMC Memphis, TN

Ronald Hartley                                                 Tennessee Valley
                                                                          
HCS Nashville, TN

William Poirier                                                 VAMC North Chicago, IL

Lonnie Jeffrey                                                  VAMC North Chicago, IL

Roger Vines                                                     VAMC North Chicago, IL

Grover Anderson                                             VAMC Hines, IL

Eddie J. Borja                                                  VAMC Hines, IL

Michael C. Unthank                                         VAMC Hines, IL

Jackie L. Wilds                                                VAMC Hines, IL

William Adkins                                                 VAMC Chicago, IL

Tony Allen                                                         Little Rock, AK

Ronald Angel                                                   Little Rock, AK

Russell Eilrich                                                  Little Rock, AK

Mari Hughes                                                    Little Rock, AK

Bradley Niell                                                    Little Rock, AK

Holly Taylor                                                      Little Rock, AK

Charles Deprey                                               VAMC Muskogee, OK

Rickey Lee                                                       VAMC Muskogee, OK

Phil Boogaerts                                                 VAMC New Orleans, LA

Alfred Cain, Jr.                                                 VAMC New Orleans, LA

William Donovan                                             VAMC New Orleans, LA

J. Rex Oxner                                                    VAMC New Orleans, LA

Alfred Pratt                                                       VAMC New Orleans, LA

Jerome Simon                                                 VAMC New Orleans, LA

Alphonse Bourgeois                                       VAMC New Orleans, LA

Christopher Cahill                                           VAMC New Orleans, LA

Charlie J. Donelson                                        VAMC Jackson, MS

Reginald R. Finch                                           VAMC Jackson, MS

Ceagus Reed                                                  VISN 16 Jackson, MS

R. Lynn Ryan                                                    VISN 16 Jackson, MS

Samuel Myers, Jr.                                           VAMC Biloxi, MS

James Ware, Jr.                                              VAMC Biloxi, MS

Wayne B. Brown                                              VAMC Biloxi, MS

Scott Roy                                                          VAMC Shreveport, LA

Tony Turner                                                      VAMC Shreveport, LA

Lugene Brooks                                                VAMC Shreveport, LA

Annias Handy                                                  VAMC Shreveport, LA

Donald Pickney                                               VAMC Shreveport, LA

Leonard Daniel                                                South Texas VHCS

Randy L. Perfecto                                           South Texas VHCS

Thomas Seidenkranz                                     VAMC Tucson, AZ

Charles Guilford                                              VAMC Sheridan, WY

Jason DeRicco                                               VAMC Reno, NV

Guy O. Reger                                                  VAMC Palo Alto, CA

Timothy M. Valenzuela                                   VA Sierra Nevada HCS
                                                                          Reno, NV

Timothy Kildea                                                VA Nebraska-WI HCS
                                                                          Omaha, NE

Lisa Foster                                                      VACO (07)

Keith Frost                                                       VACO (07)

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