LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A young woman we met almost 10 years ago during her teen pregnancy is now the first female combat engineer to enlist in the army from the Lubbock-Amarillo area.
A story about teen pregnancy statistics in 2008 is how KCBD NewsChannel 11 first met Samantha Servin, but she has come a long way since then
Samantha is now stationed in Louisiana but we caught up with her while she is home for Christmas. More than happy with how life is going now, she says it wasn't always easy.
"I made the mistake," said Samantha in 2008.
That was 16-year-old Samantha Servin during her teen pregnancy just weeks away from giving birth to her son.
At the time a Sophomore at Estacado High School and was even in "Youth Corps" because serving her country was always part of the dream.
"I dropped out from high school. I was married at the time to my kids' father and I had to pick up about two jobs at the time. You know money-wise it was a struggle," Samantha said.
Multiple jobs later and losing sight of her dreams, Samantha ran into some old friends who reminded her of what she had always wanted.
"They're like man you were such a powerhouse we thought you were going to enlist directly after high school and I was I'm like you know what... yeah that's who I am. That's who I've always been," Samantha said.
So, Samantha contacted LISD to figure out what she needed to do to graduate and recruiters to figure out what she needed to do to enlist in the Army.
"So I actually just walked the stage with Estacado High School this year," said Samantha.
And on March 10 of this year swore in with the Army.
"When I went to enlist I'm there at the MEPS in Amarillo and the Sargent that was in charge of putting all our paperwork together he says you know you're the first female combat engineer that we've put through," Samantha said.
Just within the last two years the Army has allowed women to enter certain positions like combat engineering.
"Statistics showed that I wouldn't graduate and I would probably live off the government and now I finally graduated and I now work for the government," said Samantha.
The first female combat engineer from the Lubbock Amarillo area and a mom of two Samantha says all of the struggles and hard times were worth it.
"And now I have a new car and I have a beautiful home.. you know now I'm trying to get my little ones' bedrooms set up and I can't think of any time when I was younger that I ever thought I would get to do that," Samantha said.
"Getting pregnant was definitely a scary thing and it was definitely a mistake to get pregnant. However, it is the greatest thing I can say has ever happened to me," said Samantha.
Overcoming every obstacle life has thrown at her Samantha has a special message for others that may be going through the struggles of being a teen mom
"You're going to make it. It's not that bad. It's going to hurt and it's going to be hard and there's going to be tears and there's going to be heartbreak but just remember that you can make it through this and don't give up. Don't let anyone tell you you can't do it," Samantha said.
Samantha says the next challenge in life she is preparing for is getting deployed.