a volunteer at MarineParents.com. Our volunteers work around the United States in a variety of capacities. Please give a shout out of thanks to one of our Official Marine Parents Facebook Group volunteers!
Group Guide Hotel Company (San Diego)
Marine Parent and Volunteer
Recruit Parents Facebook Groups Volunteer,
Samantha, currently serves as a Platoon Parent for Hotel Company, San Diego.
Samantha and her husband Thomas, are the extremely proud parents of a United States Marine! Their son always wanted to be in the military, but it wasn’t until his senior year of high school that he decided to commit to the Marine Corps. Four short months after high school graduation he was off to San Diego!
Samantha is no stranger to the military way of life. Having a rich military heritage is something her family is very proud of. In addition to being a U.S. Air Force Veteran, Samantha is an Air Force Brat too! Her Great-Grandfather served in the U.S. Army during WWII where he was KIA. Her Grandfather, mother, father, husband, uncle, and aunt all served in the U.S. Air Force. Samantha’s father-in law also served in the U.S. Army, and her cousin is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps! Samantha understands, firsthand, how exhilarating and sometimes frustrating the military can be, especially when loved ones are far away. She hopes to garner from her experience and use it to help other families the way Marine Parents has helped hers.
Samantha and her husband live in Oklahoma with their four rambunctious dogs. They enjoy volunteering and supporting troops and Veterans in their local community. In her spare time, Samantha stays busy with running, CrossFit, hiking, kayaking, camping, fishing, and just about anything else you can think of doing outdoors! In 2018, she will complete her 12th half marathon at the Memorial Marathon, in Oklahoma City and will run her first- ever full marathon at the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon, in Arlington as a member of Team Marine Parents! OORAH!!
The family started their journey with Marine Parents shortly before their son left for boot camp. Throughout the many phases of his training, the Marine Parent volunteers have continued to be extremely helpful and full of information about what their son was experiencing. When the call came for volunteers, Samantha knew she wanted to share with others what she has been so graciously given: tons of information, helping hands, warm smiles, virtual hugs, new friendships, outstanding support, and lots of laughter!