United States Air Force Veteran
Effective Communication for All
Professionalism in a Diverse Workplace
Tanya Barnett is a disabled Air Force veteran, a women veterans advocate, Veterans Affairs Commissioner and an adjunct professor. She is the self published Author of Being a Wife Just Got Real, Things I Wish I Knew Before I Said, “I Do”. She is a TEDx and lifestyle empowerment speaker.
She served in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in Wilford Hall Medical Center from 1993-1997, where she was an Intensive Care Unit Obstetric, Labor and Delivery Technician. She was also a technician in the operating room, surgical clinic and the emergency room.
Her passion to see people whole and healthy has led her to teach individuals how to use their voices at home, work and in the community. Her goal is to remove the stigma associated with PTSD, especially as it pertains to women veterans. She empowers veterans and assists them on their journey of navigating the VA healthcare system. She educates veterans on the process of filing VA disability claims.
Tanya is a 2018 N.A.A.C.P. Hall of Famer and the 2016 Charles County Citizen of the Year for the work of Forever Free Books, the nonprofit she and her husband founded in 2014. They deliver free books and conduct story time to low-income children in their communities. To reduce the literacy gap between wealthy children and low income children, they intentionally bring African American men into underserved communities to expose them to college educated men who read to them.
She has been featured on OWNTV, Essence Magazine, Huffington Post, The Today Show, Tom Joyner Morning Show, TEDx, Johns Hopkins University, NAACP, Congressional Black Caucus, Blacks in Government, FBI, EPA, Good Morning Washington, Great Day Washington, etc. She’s a 2x triathlete and 2x marathoner, historical fiction lover, wife, mom and a GLAM-ma.