Sam's lovely wife Dana nominated him this year and here's what she had to say "My husband is a Purple Heart recipient. He was injured in Marjah in 2010 during OEF. Since then, he's been medically retired from the USMC, started another career as a diver, moved 7 times, then teamed with me to open and operate two franchises, Amazing Lash Studio, all in the last 7 years, while raising 4 children (with a 5th on the way!). We just celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary! Sam is an incredible partner, friend, and father. They don't come any better. We manage to do it all as a team.
This year has been a huge growing experience for as, as we've had to figure out how to juggle everything we're doing. This year, Sam has realized all it takes to manage a home, and that things need to be done, so whether it's a "husband's" job or a "wife's" job, it doesn't matter- we do it and get it done, and take advantage of the time this allows for us to spend together at the end of our day. We've been though incredible feats together. He would love a getaway and the chance to take his mind off our routine and the grind. Thank you for taking the time to read about my favorite veteran. A great man through to the core."
Sam and his family reside in New Jersey so we were unable to surprise him in person, but we look forward to him joining us this year!
2018 Winner Tim Jackson
Nominated by his wife Laura, She had this to say about Tim - "My husband spends his free time in the woods hunting. It is a passion he has had since he was a boy. This experience would be unbelievable! I would love to nominate him for this opportunity, I know he would feel so honored to be selected out of I’m sure many candidates that are also so deserving.
My husband has the biggest heart and has been through so much and never asks for anything in return. I couldn’t imagine a more deserving veteran than my Tim!"