Who is Tyrone T. Dancy?

purpleheartTyrone T. Dancy exemplifies the American character and spirit. Tyrone T. Dancy, of Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a combat Vietnam veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star for Heroism with the “V” for Valor, and the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat. He is also a recipient of the Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge (CIB).

Tyrone, using his educational benefits as a result of military service, graduated from Pierce College with an Associates Degree in the Arts and Humanities. He went on to LaSalle University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Arts Degree in Sociology as his major, and Psychology as his minor. In the Spring of 2005 he applied and was accepted into LaSalle’s Graduate Program in Professional Communication.

He began his career with the State Labor Department of Penna., April 1977 as a Disabled Veteran’s Outreach Program Specialist. He has provided employment assistance and guidance to thousands of veterans over the period of 25 years. Tyrone was promoted to Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), where he served as a Veterans Program Function Supervisor for twelve years. He retired on November 22, 2002.


Tyrone wrote a bi-weekly column entitled, “On Point” for several years during the early 90’s addressing veteran’s issues in “The Leader”, a community paper in Philadelphia. In April, 1990, Tyrone was presented the prestigious Dean K. Phillips award by the National Veterans Training Institute of the University of Denver, Colorado for his professional leadership and significant contributions in caring enough to “make a difference”. On January 4, 1993, Tyrone received an award from the National Office of Vietnam Veterans of America for his leadership in the passage of legislation for a Veterans Bill of Rights in the state of Pennsylvania.

Tyrone is a former chairperson of the Pennsylvania International Association of Personnel in Employment Security (IAPES) Veterans Committee. He was later appointed vice chairperson of the IAPES National Veterans Committee. In the year of 1992, Tyrone received The Award of Merit — the highest honor the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security can bestow on a member — in recognition of his service and performance in the field of employment security.

In April of 1994, Tyrone was presented with a Senatorial Citation from Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz of Pennsylvania for his leadership on veterans issues. The senator congratulated Tyrone T. Dancy on his outstanding work as host& Producer of the Veterans Hour Radio Program aired the first Saturday each month on WDAS-AM 1480 in Philadelphia. For the past 14 years without pay, but on volunteer basis, Tyrone disseminates vital information on issues concerning veterans, their dependents, and survivors. He has never missed his hour of broadcast in fourteen years. On November 11th, 2004 Tyrone celebrated his 130th broadcast of the Veterans Hour Radio Magazine.

Tyrone self-published War Aftermath Depose, a book which discloses the struggles some veterans have experienced as a result of combat as well as their attempts in handling the Vietnam experience. Tyrone went on to co-produce, “Letters from the Attic”, a play about Black American War veterans and their meritorious and constructive contributions throughout America’s wars. In June 1996, Tyrone was selected as Poet of the Month by the Philadelphia Tribune’s Poetry Corner. One year prior, he made his public debut as a poet at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Arts Theater, for which he received a standing ovation.

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In the winter of 1996, Tyrone received the Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Medallion presented to him by Rev. Joseph Williams of the Mt Airy Church Of God. On March 16, 1999, Tyrone was awarded the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry Deputate, Workforce Development and Safety Pride Award. The prestigious award recognizes Tyrone for his initiative and willingness to serve his clients and the veterans community on and off the job; for putting personal adversity and hardship aside; developed methods that enabled veterans to help themselves improve their self-esteem and become positive members of the community; and for his tireless efforts to assist the veterans in Philadelphia.

On March 25, 1999, Impact Services Corps of Philadelphia’s Employment and Training, Transitional Housing, Veterans Assistance and Referrals Program Administrators awarded Tyrone T. Dancy with the Certificate Of Merit for his outstanding and consistent service to and support of their programs assisting veterans to regain self-sufficiency and personal independence.

On September 4, 1999, during his radio broadcast, The Veterans Hour, Tyrone was presented with the prestigious Legion of Honor Award of the Chapel of Four Chaplains. The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award recognizes persons who have rendered selfless service to humanity without regard to race, religion or creed. Tyrone’s name will become a permanent part of the Chapel’s rolls of honor.

During the 11th anniversary of the Congressional Black Caucus Braintrust, Tyrone was presented with the 1999 Congressional Black Caucus Braintrust Award. The award is in recognition of his exemplary national and community service on behalf of the country’s African American veterans.

In June of 2002 during live broadcast on WDAS 1480 AM Tyrone received a beautiful engraved plaque from The Friends of Midland, in grateful appreciation for services rendered as keynote speaker at a Memorial Day service. On August 26, 2005 Tyrone was the keynote speaker at the TRIO Veterans Upward Bound 26th Annual Graduation Ceremony of the University Life Division, of The University of Pennsylvania.

On May 5th, 2013 Tyrone was added to Military History Makers! You can view his profile at http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/tyrone-t-dancy.

Tyrone is available for television, cable and radio interviews, as well as speaking engagements, consultations and book reviews: deattdancy@gmail.com.


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