05.21.15

Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Deborah Blong of Missoula

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Steve Daines today commended Debroah Blong of Missoula, Montana, who was recently recognized as the recipient of the American Network of Community Options and Resources 2015 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award for the state of Montana.

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

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Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/content/contact-steve.

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record:

TRIBUTE TO DEBORAH BLONG

I wish to commend Debroah Blong of Missoula, Montana, who was recently recognized as the recipient of the American Network of Community Options and Resources 2015 Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award for the state of Montana.

This award recognizes Ms. Blong’s dedication and hard work everyday in her efforts to support Montanans with intellectual, developmental and other significant disabilities. Ms. Blong’s selflessness is clear. In addition to caring for her husband, who has Parkinson’s disease, she manages a home serving eight residents – four have Prader-Willi syndrome and three others struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She works 14-hours days, often 6 to 7 days a week.

Deborah Blong makes a difference each and every day for those whom she cares for. For 20 years, Ms. Blong has been a positive influence on those around her. For her efforts and dedication, Ms. Blong has earned the thanks of a grateful state.

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