As a hospital corpsman who constructed facial prosthetics in the U.S. Navy, Tyler Wright helped wounded, ill, and injured service members reclaim a part of their identities that was lost during their journeys abroad. When he returned to civilian life last year, Tyler looked for something that would aid his own reentrance to his community. Less than 15 days after leaving the Navy, AmeriCorps VISTA offered him the type of opportunity he had imagined.
As an outreach and communications coordinator with Student Veterans of America, Wright connects nearly 1,000 veterans-focused student organizations across the country to grant and funding sources. This effort ultimately helps strengthen these organizations so they can serve more former service members.
Tyler is certain that his commitment to service will not end with AmeriCorps VISTA. With future plans to pursue biomedical research and teaching in higher education, Tyler is currently in a master’s degree program in therapeutic herbalism: the study of the properties of plant medicine.
“As I help out other vets, I learn more about myself,” said Tyler. “It just seems like it was somehow planned out that way for me to be here and I’m very thankful for it.”