Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day and I’m participating in a blog carnival hosted by Wives of Faith.
The topic is:
List 11 things in 2011 that you love about being the wife of a soldier/sailor/airman/marine/coast guardsman/national guardsman/reservist!
Here is my list in no particular order.
1. The travel opportunities! I have lived in places that I never heard of and would have never thought about visiting. Each duty station that we had holds a special place in my heart. But not only the duty station, the cities around it too! Dear Hubby and I love to travel and visit cities and states that are within reasonable driving distance.
2. Movers that come to pack your home. As a military wife, you can’t help but think about moving during this time of year. I have a post coming up soon about that. Even though we move all the time (we average about 2.5 years at each base), the military pays for a moving company to come and pack up our belongings, store them, transport the items to our new location, unpack the items, set some of the stuff up, and remove the boxes! We’ve done a move before without military assistance and it can be a hassle. It’s nice and relaxing to know that you don’t have to worry about packing boxes and moving heavy furniture whenever those orders come!
3. The Healthcare. No, it’s not perfect. There are some areas that can use improvement. But I don’t know too many healthcare plans in which you can have a baby for free. Neither do I know of one in which you can get needed therapy without a co-pay. I’m so thankful for that benefit!
4. The diversity – cultural and ethnic. Things are different in the Midwest from the East Coast. It’s also different from the South to the North. Don’t believe me? Go to the Midwest and ask for “Sweet Tea”. You’ll get unsweetened tea with some Splenda! Since I became a military wife, I have developed close friendships with people from many different races. Some of the people I’ve become friends with aren’t even from the United States. Being a military wife helps you to see people as human beings and a potential friend, regardless of race or origin.
5. Opportunities for new beginnings. As the wife of an active duty airman, I get a chance for a new beginning rather frequently. Before we got married, I thought that I wouldn’t like all of the moving. I soon found out that I could move anywhere in the world as long as Dear Hubby was with me. New beginnings mean new environments, new friends, new homes, and a chance to do something new. I welcome it because I know that all moves are orchestrated by God. I try to make sure that I start each beginning with a clear and open mind, regardless of the duty station’s reputation. The worst location can be the best assignment when you have a great support network!
6. My Friends! I have friends all over the world that continue to keep up with me regardless of where I move. If I wasn’t a military wife, there’s a chance that I never would have had the blessing of knowing some of them.
7. The camaraderie between military families. Due to the transient nature of my husband’s career, we learn to make friends pretty quickly. There’s a bond between military families because we know what each other is going through. We’ve been through the numerous deployments, TDYs, and moves. If we haven’t, we know our turn is coming. There’s something special about connecting with someone that can identify with you.
8. Appreciation for the little things. Being a military wife has taught me not to take things for granted. Time spent with my friends is valued because I never know when one of us will have to move. Family time is important because you never know when Mr. Deployment or Mrs. Remote is going to show up. Every moment is precious.
9. The opportunity to support my country. I take great pride in my husband’s job, which is honorable and respectable. His job helps to protect our freedom. I’m proud to be an American and I love the USA!
10. The Discounts! Most businesses give a 10% discount to military families. That can go a long way! Also, shopping in the Commissary (military grocery store) and BX (military department store) is tax-free every day! In the Commissary, you have to pay a surcharge, but that is really small compared to the big savings you get buying groceries there.
11. My Husband! He’s one of the best gifts I’ve ever received and I love him dearly. I’m so happy to be married to Dear Hubby!
Feel free to stop by Wives of Faith and check out some of the posts from other military wives. Have a great weekend!