SSG. Allen joined the US Army right out of high school. Towards the end of his military career, he was deployed to Iraq where he oversaw a mess hall in a combat zone. He could be counted on to make sure everyone was fed regardless of the circumstances. While in Iraq, he sustained a back injury but continued to perform his military duty rather than be shipped out for treatment. He retired in 2007 after 20 years in pain with PTSD and multiple physical problems, and was awarded 90% total disability by the VA. He was sent to Goodwill of Southeast Georgia by our local VA Vocational Rehabilitation office. Mr. Allen had many barriers to employment, including chronic back pain and a lack of understanding of the civilian work world. He participated in our program for 6 months, increasing work tolerance, building his stamina, and learning new job skills. Mr. Allen was a very quick learner and highly motivated to prepare himself for a job in a non-profit helping others. His natural good nature improved the entire work team and his ability to accomplish tasks quickly without guidance made him an obvious choice for consideration for a job at Goodwill.
Quote from Mr. Allen
First I will like to give Honor to my Lord and Savior for all he has done for me over my 54 years of life. Also, I would like to give thanks to a few people who helped me get the position I am currently working in: Ms. Paula Ruehling, (Veterans Case Manager) at Goodwill who believed in me from the first time I entered Goodwill’s establishment, and Mrs. Leonora Moore, (Manager of Goodwill Staffing Services) who gave me a chance of a lifetime as well.
Derrill Allen will begin a full-time position as Opportunity Center Assistant on September 3, 2019.