Braille Monitor                                                                  March 1985


Darrel Nather Named Outstanding

Anchorage, Alaska
December 3, 1984

Dear Dr. Jernigan:

Please find enclosed a letter from IRS pertaining to an award given to Mr. Darrel Nather. You might want to put it in the Braille Monitor and your presidential release.

A little background on Darrel. Darrel joined the NFB in 1977, has held an office in the Alaska affiliate since that time, and is now our First Vice President.

As we all know, Darrel is an active member, having been to every convention since and including 1979 and numerous times on the line NAC tracking and the March on Washington.

Darrel has been with IRS about twenty years. Having gone blind from diabetes in 1977, Darrel came to NFB for help in retaining his job with IRS. We, of course, helped and guided him through the proper steps and procedures with the assistance of our National Office. We now have proven that the attitudes of society (IRS) were inappropriate and are changing to the realistic attitudes which I believe (and I'm sure you do, too) were created by our organization and our individual people in our organization.

The proof is in agencies such as IRS recognizing the ability and potential of our blind brothers and sisters.


Sandy Sanderson
National Federation of the Blind of Alaska

Commissioner of Internal Revenue
Washington, D.C.
October 19, 1984

Dear Darrel:

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as one of IRS' Outstanding Handicapped Employees of the Year. This honor is well deserved; your exemplary courage and determination serve as a model for all IRS employees.

You should be especially proud of the fact that you were nominated for this honor by your managers and the Western Region. Your nomination serves as a representative tribute to all of our fine, dedicated employees. Please accept my personal thanks and congratulations. With kind regards.