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Thomas M. Yarosz, a member of Miami-Dade, Florida, Chapter 620, received the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Veterans’ Braintrust Award September 26 in ceremonies held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Yarosz, a disabled Army Vietnam veteran and life member of VVA, “has been a driving force for representing and advocating for veterans’ concerns and issues, as well as being a community activist when representing our veteran population,” said Alvin W. Roberts, Chapter 620’s 1st Vice President. Yarosz “has an impeccable record of spearheading numerous veterans’ projects that have created jobs and housing. He also has headed successful clothing drives, recruitment efforts, and chapter memberships. Overall, he has been a spectacular force in civil and community service to veterans, persons with disabilities, elderly, and children for over 30 years.”

Named the Florida State Council’s Member of the Year in 2007, Yarosz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Veterans Committee. He also has been a strong advocate for veterans’ employment and training services with the South Florida Investment Workforce Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization responsible for providing employment services to veterans and the community. On many occasions he has worked to feed and clothe homeless Vietnam veterans by finding community resources to help them. He plays a major role in the annual Veterans Stand Down in Miami by pitching in to help homeless veterans obtain housing, clothing, and benefits.

“Thomas M. Yarosz has dedicated his life to helping others,” Roberts said. “From fundraising and recruitment efforts, to toy and food drives, to mentoring JROTC cadets and building homes, he has displayed an exemplary and remarkably varied record of volunteerism and community service. He has been nationally recognized for his exceptional achievements as a veterans’ advocate, leader, mentor, and role model.”



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