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Hard Work and a Bright Future

Antoine, a 20-year-old from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, spent most of his early life in a refugee camp in Tanzania where he and his family had fled for their lives. In 2016, he came to the United States with his mom and six siblings in search of freedom, safety, and education.


After resettling in Newport News, Antoine enrolled in high school. High school was difficult because Antoine understood very little English and had no formal education, but he was a hard worker and soon began to excel in school. Throughout high school, Antoine regularly met with a CCC volunteer tutor who gave him extra support.

Antoine and his mother shortly after their arrival in the United States.

After graduation, Antoine continued to work hard and completed the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery exam (ASVAB) and enlisted in the U.S. Army.


Antoine is excited about his future in the

military and looks forward to serving his new country.












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