Tanya Reed served in the United States Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal. In recruit training she received her Marksman Badge with the M-16, followed by School of infantry training, and finally completed training in her specialty at the Administrative Specialist Course at Camp Lejeune. She says, “Although I had many skills that transferred from my military service into the civilian world, I had many more specialized skills that had no similarities. After my discharge at Camp Pendleton, CA I was sent home to Alaska and desperate for a job. Since I received a medical discharge, I knew that although my service would cover most of my medical needs, I needed a new job with Medical coverage that would cover other items I might need.”
She is employed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1547 as a Records Manager. She believes “With my training in records management and my administrative training from the USMC I am able to make sure that VIPER follows its record-keeping requirements.” When not working she enjoys camping, hiking, and running with her husband and blended family of four kids and two dogs. She is also an active board member for the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature.
Tanya currently serves as the Administrative Officer for VIPER. Her passion for VIPER is fueled by her personal experience. She says, “I joined VIPER because when I got out, I was lost. I was back in my hometown with no money in the bank and living with my parents. Although I had an impressive resume and possessed a handful of skills, I really had nothing. While some of my skills were transferable, there were many Marines I served with that had none. That is why what VIPER is doing is so important to me. I know how dark and hopeless it was when I had no idea what tomorrow held. If we can provide some guidance to men and women getting out, then I feel like what I went through was worth it. My struggles allow me to be in a position to help others like myself. I recognize that not everyone who comes to VIPER is in crisis, but every person we assist in placing has the potential to prevent a crisis.”