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!