To all those who have served, and those who continue to serve… Happy Veterans Day!

To all veterans of all branches: Thank you for your sacrifice, your bravery, and the example you set for us all. Meet Tyrone and John – two very special people that after a life of military service help others through the power of work by being part of Team Goodwill!

Tyrone joined the Air Force right after graduating high school. At seventeen he was building a structured future for himself. While stationed in different locations like San Antonio, Maine, and Iceland his duties included being an administrator in the mail room and fighting fires as a Firefighter. “My time in the military taught me to be a team player and to always respect the other guy”.

Upon his return from service, he began his career with the United States Post Office in Ridgefield CT. He held that position for 33 years and is now retired. Tyrone came to Goodwill in search of a job in his retirement. He currently works in our E commerce Books division sorting the usable books from the non-usable books.

“I like my job, every day is different. I enjoy the environment, the people are friendly and we work as a team when needed. I like that there are many options for movement within the organization. It allows a person to find the job that suits them. At the end of the day, I want Goodwill to know that I have given my all for the day and that I am proud to be part of the team”.

Thank you for your service to our country and for making a difference in the lives of others every day.


Meet John Reza, who after a life of military service joined Team Goodwill to continue his service even outside the military! John joined the military at an early age and right from the beginning kick started his career through always taking the initiative and striving for excellence. He spent many years abroad, in Germany as well as in France, and enjoyed experiencing new cultures and getting to know the local population. He is an airborne veteran and made his way up through the ranks. In the 90’s he transferred to “fly a desk”, as he calls it.

A medal he is very proud of is his good conduct medal that he earned as a Mustang Officer, and to this day he greatly misses the camaraderie experienced during his time of service.

John says “As a young man I was tested by the excellent training received and the tough standards of experienced combat veterans before me. I’m proud to have endured my service and see its importance in keeping this great nation and its citizens secure in freedom”

Today John works in our Colchester Donation Center, welcoming each donor with a smile and knows very well that his service makes a difference in the lives of so many, who benefit from the revenues generated by the sales of donated items. Thank you for your life of service to our country, John!