Thankful For The Blessings Of This Crazy Military Life

November 22, 2012 | Kate Horrell

Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you to my readers who are keeping us safe to celebrate.

I was grousing this morning about people being entitled and unappreciative, and my daughter suggested that I write a post about thankfulness.  Well, yeah, that is a good idea.  I spend a lot of time thinking, reading, and writing about the military and its benefits.  Sometimes, my readers or I think that something is unfair or wrong.

It would be easy to focus on the benefits that my husband has never received or our family has never used:  bonuses, assignment incentive pay, subsidized child care, sub pay, student loan repayment, special pay for dental officers, and a whole list of other benefits that just don’t apply to his job and our situation.  However, that would be ridiculous.  The military has provided my family with a world of blessings, and I am thankful.  Specific things for which I am appreciative include:

  • Little to no worries about the cost of medical care.
  • A place to live, or an allowance to pay for a place to live.
  • A paycheck that has arrived twice a month for the last twenty-some years, and doesn’t look like it is going disappear anytime soon.
  • The opportunity to travel and live in different countries.
  • Family support programs of all varieties.
  • Regular increases in pay.
  • Financial support for my education through MyCAA.
  • Access to the commissary.
  • Pretty sweet gyms.
  • Lower cost entertainment activities such as golf, bowling and movies.
  • Safe, fun family events.
  • Free music downloads from the library.
  • Access to the best thrift shops.
  • Movers, because as much as I hate having someone else move me, I hate moving myself more.
  • Youth centers with truly impressive activities.
  • The opportunity for my husband to earn a lifetime pension.
  • The many discounts and promotions that companies generously offer to military families.

Yes, my husband has worked hard for these things, and the kids and I have made a few sacrifices along the way.  All in all, however, being a military family has been a good thing.  For that I am thankful.

Enjoy your day!


  1. Eugenia says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings to all!!!!
    I have never heard anything more truthful than what you have expressed on today’s article. My kids all graduated from a school at a military base and though I was a single mom I never worried about being able to pay medical bills, education payments, mortgage payments or monthly groceries thanks to the military. They paid everything for my kids & me. I am now retired and thank the Lord everyday for all the blessings he gave me by being in the military!!!! God Bless America!!!!! Nation of the free!!!!!!

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