GI Family Spotlight: Marine Family Comes Home to Texas After Two Decades of Service



Garrett, the son of a USMC Lieutenant Colonel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is an optimistic, energetic young man who plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Marine officer. You’d never know by looking at him that he has had such a rough journey over the past five years. He lived in two different states and attended three different schools in three years. Until 7th grade, he and his sister Gracen, were both homeschooled by their faithful Mom due to the many mid-year moves around the country that Dad’s loyal service to our country required.

Now that Dad, an honorably discharged disabled veteran, has retired from active duty, the family has settled in Texas and things have calmed down a bit. However, Garrett, now a senior, is still paying the heavy price for the turmoil he experienced at such a critical point in his education. He was struggling academically and often felt overwhelmed. The family agrees that the GI program couldn’t have come along at a better time. They felt an immediate sense of relief once they joined.

It’s no mystery why Garrett’s favorite part of the GI program is having everything he needs all on one site. The way GI’s experts have organized the program makes it easy to use. Dad’s favorite part so far has been the FAFSA counseling, “Oh my gosh, that was so easy! I’m a Marine, a simple guy, but everything you showed us, from the video, to the email instructions, to the guides, to being able to call you . . . it’s been seamless, and easy, and it’s done!”
Dad went on to say, “But the program itself . . . it’s educating us on how to enhance our children’s educational experience and pointing us towards the things that are out there that we are just flat ignorant of. This service has been invaluable and we really, really look forward to knowing that we have a foundation now that we can fully exploit as we go through this program with Gracen.” Gratitude Initiative is beyond honored to help relieve the stress of college planning for this amazing family who has proudly served their country.

Gratitude Initiative (GI) is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit that provides essential education programs and college scholarships to military and veteran kids around the globe. GI’s programs are provided at no cost to the children and families of military service members, veterans, disabled veterans, and those killed in defense of our country.