Matt Amendt - 2018 Employee of the Year, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington

Some people consider work a chore, but going to a job each day and earning a paycheck gives great meaning to Matt Amendt’s life. “When you have a good job you have purpose and a sense of self-worth,” Matt said.

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Allison Ashmore - 2017 Employee of the Year, Naval Station Newport - Rhode Island

Following high school, Allison was enrolled at a disability workshop where she helped out in the kitchen, but despite her work there, people in the program didn’t think she could handle the hectic, noisy environment of the food galley at the Naval Station. When Allison persisted, the disability workshop team decided to give it a try. That was in 1995, and Allison’s been there ever since.

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Tommy Huynh - 2016 Employee of the Year, Naval Air Station Pensacola, Pensacola, Florida

You’d never know it by his infectious smile and positive attitude, but Tan “Tommy” Huynh survived two traumatic experiences. Today, one of the high points of Tommy’s life journey has been working at Global Connections to Employment (GCE).

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Jeremy Schell - 2018 Legend EITS, Lorton, Virginia

Besides our basic needs, most of us want two main things - a good quality of life and an opportunity to succeed. Jeremy Schell, business analyst, at Global Connections to Employment (GCE), already had a good quality of life but for many years, he struggled to find an opportunity to succeed. Jeremy was born deaf, and for years, he was turned away for jobs until GCE gave him a chance to work.

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Crystal’s Story – Lakeview Center Benefits Call Center Representative, Pensacola, FL

Crystal Shank is an independent thinker with a strong work ethic. It’s likely she learned these skills from her dad, a Navy veteran. He gave Crystal some good advice as she approached working age: “You will not be able to make it in this world with just a Social Security check.” You see, Crystal is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

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Pam's Story - Operational Manager, Armed Forces Retirement Home, Washington, D.C.

Pamela Cox started out as a custodial worker with no formal education. Today she is an operational manager who’s working toward a master’s degree in management.

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