(This story was reprinted from the Wage & Investment Insider, October 10, 2014)
It was shortly after the Ft. Hood, Texas tragedy in November 2009, when Staff Sergeant Jonathan Goodier reported to the Austin Campus with the first group of candidates enrolled in the Warrior Intern Program. This program provides returning veterans, particularly those recuperating from combat injuries, developmental training for various IRS intern positions.
Now, almost 5 years to the day, Jonathan continues to serve his country after receiving a permanent position with the Service. Jonathan is the local Reasonable Accommodation officer for the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at the Austin Campus. Previously he worked as an intern in Examination, and later, as a Human Resource Assistant in the Human Capital Office.
Accounts Management Director Jim Clifford, who was the Austin Compliance Director at the time, was instrumental in developing the Warrior Intern Program pilot shortly after he and four executive development program classmates formed Military Outreach for Service, an employee organization that provides support to our veterans. MOS-IRS, W&I, SB/SE, HCO and the Department of the Defense joined forces to provide vets the opportunity to receive quality developmental training for various IRS intern positions and launched the Warrior Intern Program, piloted in Austin.
As an IRS intern, Jonathan marketed the warrior program at various events and locations — at a National Veteran Employment Summit in Washington, D.C., a Federal Executive Board meeting in Kansas City, MO, the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, and at job fairs at Ft. Hood, Texas and at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
His IRS career hit a minor hiccup when medical reasons forced him to leave the Service for a short time. However, Jonathan took advantage of his recuperation to advance his education and began working toward his master’s degree in psychology. His undergraduate studies include psychology and sociology. He also gained experience in the Army as the EEO representative for his unit.
His supervisor Earl Boyer said, “Jon is an excellent addition to our team. He is enthusiastic and brings a positive attitude to our work. His proven military leadership, training and focused attitude will help him meet the challenges of his new position.”
When asked about the Military Outreach for Service organization, Jonathan said, “I recently joined MOS; I think it’s great to have a veteran’s organization within the Service. I look forward to getting back to a family environment after having it for so many years in the army.”
National MOS communications director David Heiser said, “Military Outreach for Service is proud to count wounded warriors, such as Jonathan Goodier, among its members. Their bravery and sacrifices remind us of the costs of keeping our country free. Their presence helps us remain diligent to the needs of our nation’s military veterans and keep our own problems in perspective.”
Jonathan served more than a decade in the Army and completed two tours in Iraq before receiving a medical retirement. He is married and has two sons and one daughter.
Author's note: Jonathan continues to give back through MOS by working to restart a chapter in Austin, Texas. Please send him an email if you are interesting in joining.