Independence Community College is pleased to announce that Tommy Ellis, Director of Veteran Student Success, has been selected for the 2023 Employee Veteran Leadership Awards (EVLAs), announced by Military Friendly. This prestigious annual honor recognizes US military veterans who embody the best qualities of our nation's military, such as leadership, teamwork, discipline, determination, adaptability, a strong work ethic, and a can-do attitude, as employees of an organization.
Out of numerous candidates, 26 EVLA honorees were selected for their positive impact on their organizations and the military and veteran community. These veteran employees are passionate about promoting the advancement of their fellow veterans, mentoring others, and bridging the gap between veteran and non-veteran employees. They also demonstrate their commitment by volunteering their time.
"Like most young draftees during the Vietnam days, I didn't appreciate the true honor I was being given to serve my country," explained Ellis. "Now, as Director of the Veteran Student Success Center, this time I do appreciate the special opportunity I have been given - to serve our veteran students. I've learned there is no expiration date for serving; keep serving till the last breath."
The 2023 Employee Veteran Leadership Awards list will be published in the June issue of G.I. Jobs, distributed for free in digital and print formats to transitioning service members, veterans, and their families worldwide.
"To be recognized by Military Friendly with the EVLA simply reinforces the belief that being a veteran can have ongoing, life-long responsibilities, but also unexpected rewards," concluded Ellis.