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Member Profile: Meet Tyler Anger, Community Blueprint Network initiative at Veterans Innovation Center April 30, 2012

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Tyler Anger is an AmeriCorps VISTA member assigned to the Community Blueprint Network at the Veterans Innovation Center, through the American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps. In his assignment as a Community Blueprint coordinator, Tyler is responsible for development and implementation of topical content, support tools, project infrastructure and community decision-making structures and processes to execute the Community Blueprint in the areas of employment and behavioral health. Prior to joining the Call to Service Corps, Tyler held positions in online marketing with the Sponge Community Building Blog and Wells Fargo. Tyler worked with the Sage Mentorship Program, a student-run initiative designed to aid students in low-income elementary schools. Tyler holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. His father is an active duty member of the United States Army.

1. What motivated you to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA member?

I have always been a strong believer in the notion of civic duty, and I knew that I wanted to do some form of service work coming out of college. I was attracted by the broad range of programs offered by AmeriCorps, which essentially allowed me to choose an attractive area to live in as well as a service project that I felt strongly about. AmeriCorps’ strong national reputation also played a role in my decision to serve.

2. What motivated you to choose your sponsor organization?

I grew up in a military family, and spent most of my formative years on military bases. I even attended a Department of Defense high school in Germany. My father is still an active duty member of the Army, and many of my friends from that high school are currently serving in the military. My sponsor organization, the Veterans Innovation Center, offered a way to improve a community to which I am still intimately connected, and which deserves substantially more support than is currently provided.

3. About what accomplishment from your service year are you most proud?

I am most proud of the completion of the promising practices component of the Community Blueprint. These promising practices are designed to provide communities throughout the country with the means to improve their support for servicemembers, veterans, and military families. I believe they will provide great value as the project continues to grow in stature.

4. What are your future plans after your AmeriCorps service year?

I plan to matriculate to law school in the fall of 2013. I have not yet decided what I will do in the intervening year.

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