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LCpl Palmer poses with the love of her life, her daughter Nevsa Palmer. Nevsa is Greek and means butterfly.
This is the tenth in a series about graduates from Mountain Valley High School who are serving our country in the military.
When she graduated from Mountain Valley High School in 2008, Lance Corporal Savannah Palmer was a quiet young woman who went with the flow. But four years in the U. S. Marine Corp. changed all that.
LCpl Palmer explained, “I know there are many people that thought I couldn't pass basic training and that I wouldn't last. I'm glad I didn't pay attention to that. Everyone has their personal journey into adulthood, and joining the Marines was mine. It changed my life.”
During her enlistment, she was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Her military occupational specialty (MOS) was postal.
But she worked in administration offices keeping records and answering phones, the sort of things a reception clerk would do. She received an honorable discharge in 2012.
LCpl Palmer said her motivation for joining the Corp. was “having the chance for a new experience and being a part of something bigger. I wasn't ready to go to college yet. I wasn't really sure what I would go for (still don't know). Instead of doing nothing, I decided to support my country and the men and women fighting for it.”
She learned many lessons about herself during her service.
“I've learned my limits, physically and mentally and learned how to overcome them,” LCpl Palmer recalled. “I've also learned to not take things too personal from people I don't know and don't know me. It's no surprise I learned discipline and how to ‘adapt and overcome’ obstacles that come my way. I've come to realize the importance of camaraderie, values, and not letting anyone tell you that you can't do anything. I met a lot of great people and am thankful for that.”
Now that she is a civilian again, family is the priority in her life.
LCpl Palmer said, “I'm a full-time mom of my wonderful daughter. Her name is Nevsa Palmer (it’s Greek meaning butterfly). She's two years old and she is a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy for a rare brain tumor. I don't see myself doing much else unless its work from home.”
Sounds like LCpl Palmer will continue to “adapt and overcome” obstacles as she persists in her journey through adulthood.
LCpl Palmer is the daughter of Cathy Anne Hamner of Norway and David Mark Palmer of Naples.
If you know of a MVHS alumnus who is currently serving their country or has recently finished their enlistment, please contact Donna Peare at firstname.lastname@example.org.