Regardless of age, military retirees love military discounts. No matter where we go — hardware stores, movie theaters, diners, golf courses, bookstores, my husband asks THAT question: “Do you have a military discount?”
A National State of Emergency in children’s mental health has been declared. And it only gets worse when you consider military dependents and the disruption that frequent moves and an unpredictable lifestyle causes.
I’ve learned over the years that true appreciation for motherhood is best felt, not described in words on a store-bought Mother’s Day card. The best way to fully comprehend the instinctual and emotional feelings of motherhood is to experience parenthood for oneself.
Even though the Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle surveys always cover financial challenges such as military pay concerns, lack of affordable childcare and chronic military spouse under- and unemployment, the most recent report revealed some surprising new money-related statistics.
I had become so capable, handy and independent through many moves and deployments, my military husband had become accustomed to relying heavily on me at home. Maybe too heavily? Should I have shown more vulnerability?