Samantha, 27, joined the RAF as a medical cadet at University.
“I’ve always been interested in the armed forces,” she says.
“I was drawn to the camaraderie, leadership and teamwork found at all levels within the military.”
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"The Armed Forces are always here and we’ll always be here supporting the country - this time the challenge has been Covid," she explains.
"The military has had a huge part to play, from building the Nightingale Hospital to supporting the testing capability.
"Military medics have been embedded in the NHS and supporting national healthcare delivery since long-before Covid, but the pandemic has required us all to change how we work.
"During the pandemic the spotlight has been on military medical services and we have all had to evolve our practices to react to this new threat."
Now working on the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Covid-19 Recovery Service at DMRC Stanford Hall, Samantha is calling on the public to support the Poppy Appeal this year.
“I didn’t realise just how much the Royal British Legion does for the Armed Forces Community,” she says.
“There’s a misconception that they only focus on the elderly veterans, but The Legion does so much to help younger veterans and the current serving personnel.
“In fact, the pandemic has probably only increased the need for RBL assistance, for example with mental wellbeing and financial support for younger veterans who may have lost income due to the pandemic and be facing homelessness.”
“The Legion helps provide physical and mental wellbeing, financial and employment support which is still desperately needed at the moment.”