CURT SYNNESS For the Independent Record
Helena native and Navy veteran Jenni Maier served as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Navy for four years, the final three-plus of those at Bethesda Naval Hospital. As a civilian, Maier continued her affiliation with Uncle Sam, volunteering with the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots in Helena for the last 19 years, and since 2013 working for the VA Healthcare System.
Maier graduated from Capital High in 1992, where she lettered in choir, and was part of the Jubilettes singing group. She enlisted in the Navy in the Delayed Entry Program (DEP) her junior year in 1991, and left for boot camp in Orlando, Florida, after graduation in September 1992.
She hales from a military background, following in the footsteps of her grandfather and dad. Grandpa William Schultz, of Power, Montana, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, as a tech 4, at Papua, New Guinea.
Her father, George Maier, an electronics technician, served six years active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1970-76, at places like Grand Turks and Nantucket, to name a few. He then spent another 19 years in the Naval Reserves, retiring as a first class petty officer (E6)