BOARD MEMBER

GIANNA VARRATI

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VIPER TRANSITIONS

Gianna is the CEO and President of The National Warrior Foundation. She has a nationally recognized advocate and speaker on behalf of our active duty, veteran, and first responders since 1997.

Gianna held the title of Mrs. Alaska International in 2009 and was 1st runner up in Mrs. Alaska America in 2011. During her reign, she worked with numerous veteran organizations nationally and locally. She has sat on the board for Alaska Healing Hearts helping our transitioning Servicemembers and Families into the new normal. She has supported Operation Santa, Armed Services YMCA, and Alaska’s Friends of the Guard and Reserve to help their fundraising efforts. These programs provide help to Troops and their Families ranging from child care and clothing to food and moral support.

In 2009 Gianna has partnered up with First Book Org. combining efforts to establish a program for the military called Hearts to Home. This program will allow Troops who are about to deploy to come in reading on the video to their child and then present the child with the book and the video to keep while their parent is deployed. The benefits are simply invaluable. Children will be able to feel their parent’s presence and continue to have a bond even though they may be separated by thousands of miles.

” I have a strong and genuine sense of patriotism which is what pushes me to advocate for our military families and ensure they have the proper tools needed to survive while their loved one is deployed. I believe that in this life, it is who you have touched and what you have given back to the world that matters. Military families endure sleepless nights and the daily struggle of maintaining a home and taking on the responsibilities and roles that would normally be shared by both in marriage. They have added stress and yet remain strong. I believe we have a responsibility to our military families to ensure they have the support they need, not only during deployment but prior to and after. They need someplace where they can turn to others who have lived through the same experiences, where they know others are working hard to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their families. For me, it is a mission of heart and soul to ensure that every soldier and their families never feel like they are standing alone and the freedom they fight for is not fought in vain“.