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#StoriesOfService: Kristen Finne

Each week leading up to the eighteenth annual Service to America Medals gala on October 16, we will share a new track featuring a 2019 finalist’s powerful story of service. Each of these outstanding honorees reflected on their federal journey in conversations facilitated by StoryCorps®, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

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Listen to untold government stories

Each week leading up to the eighteenth annual Service to America Medals gala on October 16, we will share a new track featuring a 2019 finalist’s powerful story of service. Each of these outstanding honorees reflected on their federal journey in conversations facilitated by StoryCorps®, a nonprofit organization with a mission to “preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.”

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The 2013 Service to America Medals revealed the devastating effects of a government shutdown

As the government shutdown continues for a third week, we reflect on the 2013 Service to America Medals awards gala, which took place three days into that year’s government shutdown. That night as we we recognized our government’s most outstanding employees, many of whom were furloughed as they received their awards, it was a powerful reminder of just how important the federal workforce is and how damaging shutdowns can be.

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