We know military life can be filled with up’s and down’s, and with plenty of reasons to be sad, mad, let down, and lonely. Most military spouses, however, can find many more reasons to be grateful, joyful, excited, and thankful (and we love that about you!).
Have you been following our #30DaysofThanks (Military Family Edition) on our Facebook page? There, we’re highlighting some of the awesome reasons why military families, like yours, are thankful for your military life. Follow us on Facebook to check out the other 30 Days of Thanks posts!
But that got us thinking: there are WAY more than 30 reasons that we’re thankful for our military journey! Here are a few other reasons:
- Having a friend in 20 cities around the world
- Never having to look farther than your Facebook feed for travel advice
- Not being the only one to ask a stranger in the CDC to be your emergency contact
- The smell of jet fuel/gunpowder
- Not having to worry about your power bill in the winter (God bless base housing!)
- Having a chance to start over every 2-4 years
- Curtains in every style, for every room
- Starbucks mugs from all over the world
- Frequent flyer miles and hotel points from PCSing and visiting family so much
- Cheap lunch at the chow hall (best date ever!)
- The National Anthem before a movie begins
- That one spouse who knows how to make all the baked goods
- Friends who bring wine on bad days
- Not having to explain how you are feeling because the other spouses ‘get it’
- Irreverent military humor
- Seeing other people stop and thank a service member (thank you, humanity)
- When the colors play on base and seeing everyone stop/stand at attention
- Commissary prices!
- Running into an old military spouse friend at your new installation
- All the kick-butt women in uniform!
- Gold Star families
- Getting into base housing without a wait list!
- The ability for dependents to continue their education, thanks to the Post 9/11 GI Bill
- Hourly child care on base (and the awesome people who work there!)
- Friends who open their doors during the holidays when you can’t make it home to family
- When you find out your spouse made the list to be promoted, take a command, etc.
- Having a Christmas card list a mile long because you have moved so many times and have THAT MANY FRIENDS you still keep in contact with
- The unique furnishings, or souvenirs, you pick up from different assignments, TDYs, etc., around the world
- When your spouse shows up to your child’s sporting event in uniform (because they are racing home from work), and random people come up and thank him or her for their service.
- Planning a PCS move and stopping to stay with military friends along the way to your new home.
Do any of these reasons hit home for you? What would you add to this list?
Posted by Shannon Prentice, Content Development Manager