Name: Samantha Stapleton
Where were you born and raised?
Fort Carson, Colorado
Raised in an Army family and grew up in Germany.
What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
The biggest transition of my life was making the decision to prioritize being a mother over my desire to serve our nation on active duty. Going from 2-a-days at the gym with weekly 20 mile rucks and six pack abs, to 4am feedings and diapers was not only a physical change but a mental one as well. I embraced each phase of the transition to its fullest, and learned a healthy balance that allows me to include my family and my passions.
What’s the once piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
Pace yourself. Have faith. Everything is going to be okay.
Your Personal Why?
My personal Why is the opportunity to incorporate several of my professional and academic interests in a way that directly makes an impact on the lives of our most elite warriors and their families.
How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
My personal Why is the opportunity to incorporate several of my professional and academic interests in a way that directly makes an impact on the lives of our most elite warriors and their families. For years service members are told what to do, how to dress, where to be, and lose a part of their identity in the process to make way for their military identity. Watching this process in reverse is amazing, as someone rediscovers their strengths and passions in a new way, and then to wear that authenticity with the confidence of a lifetime of experience.
Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
As a SOF spouse, military brat, and former cadet, I have seen the sacrifices service members make, especially those serving within this tier of our military. The sacrifices made personally and professionally, will be paid throughout their lifetimes. Being a part of that transition is humbling and a powerful experience.
Favorite THF Value, and why?
“You can’t find your place in this world if you’re not being yourself.” – A part of transitioning from military service is rediscovering who your authentic self really is, outside of what was “issued” to you.
Area/Industry of expertise
My background is primarily focused in Psychology, Communication, and Leadership with an emphasis on trauma, PTSD/PTS, TBI, specifically within the Special Operations community and vulnerable youth populations. As well as experience in advocacy, human relations, and military programs.
Contact Samantha directly at firstname.lastname@example.org