2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

2011 Finalists—Career Achievement Medal

This award will recognize a federal employee for significant accomplishments throughout a lifetime of achievement in public service. This medal is accompanied by a $10,000 award.

Alfonso Batres

Position: Chief Officer, Readjustment Counseling Service

Agency: Veterans Health Administration

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Devoted his career to building a national network of small, community-based centers where veterans traumatized by combat obtain counseling, job assistance, medical referrals and other services.

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Neal B. Brown

Position: Chief, Community Support Programs Branch

Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Achievement: Helped transform mental health care in the U.S., moving people out of institutions and into community-based care, and giving mental health consumers and their families a voice in treatment options.

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Sharon W. Bryson

Position: Deputy Director, Office of Communications

Agency: National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Washington, D.C.

Achievement: Provides assistance and comfort to traumatized survivors and family members of those killed in aircraft accidents and other transportation disasters.

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Lawrence Deyton

Position: Director, Center for Tobacco Products

Agency: Food and Drug Administration

Location: Rockville, Maryland

Achievement: Spent three decades improving public health and treating veterans, pioneering ways to fight AIDS, hepatitis C and emerging health threats, and now leading the effort to reduce tobacco-related disease and death.

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Matthew J. Friedman

Position: Executive Director, National Center for PTSD

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs

Location: White River Junction, Vermont

Achievement: A pioneer in the field of traumatic stress disorders, who studied, treated and advocated for people psychologically affected by war or other tragedies.

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