LaWanna Viers is an ordained minister, a teacher, executive coach and motivational speaker who travels extensively, sharing the news of Jesus Christ. LaWanna joined the U.S. Air Force at age 18 and retired as a senior master sergeant after 25 years of service. One of her duty stations included Alconbury Air Force Base, England; Howard Air Force Base, Panama and several stateside bases, with combat deployments to Iraq and Kuwait.   

In 2009, while traveling in Iraq from Balad Air Base to Camp O’Ryan, her vehicle came under fire by local insurgents. Later that same year, she was injured a second time when an IED was detonated in her path. From these tragic incidents, LaWanna received a severe spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, hyper vigilance, nightmares and social impairment. For several years, she suffered in silence, withdrawing from family and friends for fear that they wouldn’t understand the physical and emotional changes she’d undergone. Last year, LaWanna found hope through the non-profit organization, K-9s for Warriors, which trained and paired her with a service dog named Corey. With Corey by her side, LaWanna is reconnecting with family and even enjoying life again.

LaWanna has a master of business administration degree from Texas Woman’s University, a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Columbia College, and associates degrees in human resource management, information management and general studies.

LaWanna hopes this experience will help her have the will to enjoy life again with her two children.