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Rep. Hurt Honored by Virginia Industries for the Blind

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The Virginia Industries for the Blind gave Congressman Robert Hurt a special honor.

Thursday, Hurt was named an AbilityOne Champion. The honor celebrates his work to make it easier for people with disabilities to get jobs.

Representatives from the VIB say Hurt got the award for his support of the organization on the House floor. He also visited VIB's facility where employees with disabilities make products like mattresses, mops and spices. 

Hurt says organizations like this are particularly important in a time of high unemployment.

"It's hard for people to find work and of course some people in our society have greater challenges in finding work than others," Hurt said. "And this is one of those things that is just a win, win, win all the way around and I just commend the folks that work here and the great value that they bring to the work they do."

During a ceremony Thursday afternoon, VIB gave Hurt a plaque for his service and thanked him for his continued support.

Right now Hurt is traveling across the 5th District. Thursday night he is speaking at the Boar's Head Inn in Albemarle County. Friday he will make stops in Madison and Fauquier counties.

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