ADRS honored at Partner Appreciation Breakfast

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The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services was honored at the Alabama National Guard’s Appreciation Breakfast Friday, Feb. 28, for another successful year of providing services, employment opportunities, and training to members of the military. Anna Taylor, Jean Tyler, and Sam Youse joined ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw to accept the Dedicated Partner Award for 2019.

The purpose of the program, Lt. Col. Heath McNaughton said, is to recognize partners and the role they play in the guard’s efforts to make sure its members can continue to achieve their goals.

“The outstanding partners present today have really helped us in meeting that goal,” he said.

ADRS, McNaughton said, has proven to be a tremendous asset for soldiers and their families.

“ADRS has worked tirelessly to service Alabama guard members throughout 2019,” he said. “Since the beginning of our partnership, they have provided nearly 250 of our members with career enhancement and career extending services. These services included employment partnership opportunities, which established a pipeline for industry and the military. They also conducted military employment readiness and hiring workshops.”

He added that ADRS is the national leader in job retention.

“ADRS offers veterans of all ranks access to support services for physical and mental health,” McNaughton said. “From the homeless veteran to the active servicemember, ADRS has innovative solutions.”

The excitement surrounding the partnership and awards ceremony was mutual, Burdeshaw said. She thanked the guard for its willingness to work with the department and urged them to continue reaching out to the ADRS whenever they are in need.

“If anyone in the guard, or anyone in the military in general, experiences an injury, illness, or disability we are ready to partner with you to help them continue to serve as best they can,” she said. “We want to accommodate soldiers in the best way we can.”

Burdeshaw said it sometimes takes very little to make someone’s life a little easier and to make their job a lot easier.

“We want to continue to help you do that,” she said.

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