At least, according to one journalist who many feel needs to properly research before publishing. You can read the oh-so-informative piece here. The numerous comments from soldiers and their spouses really drive that fact home.
Were you aware that "the average enlisted military member was earning $50,747 in base pay and housing"? I guess my husband has just been hiding half of his paycheck from me in a Swiss bank account all these years. Yes, as long as they live within their means, military families have fairly comfortable lives...financially speaking, that is. However, I think that being away from your family for months or years at a time to train or live in a war zone justifies "lavish" things like health insurance. Oh, and those big housing allowances he mentioned? They generally cover rent, if you are lucky. Sure, they can totally cover rent and utilities, if you don't care what kind of neighborhood your children live in. Here in Hawaii, our BAH would not even begin to cover the rent on a tiny two bedroom apartment in a decent neighborhood (here, "decent" means "not overlooking drug deals and gang shootings"). So we must live in pretty sweet "totally refurbished" base housing, right? Oh yes. Personally, my favorite focal points in this WWII palace are the kitchen pipe that rusted through and burst and the outlet that caught fire. We see the maintenance guy so often that my daughter calls him Uncle Rick.
Do I think we are entitled to micro mansions and $100,000 incomes? No. I am not one of these "I can't afford to get my nails done every week" Army wives who flash their I.D. card in every business in case they offer a military discount. I know we are fortunate and that my husband brings in a decent paycheck. I love my life, and I couponing and living within a set budget is something I would do even if he made six figures. I just cannot stand so-called "journalists" writing complete bullshit articles on ANY subject, let alone one that makes soliders and their families look like spoiled brats. How about we turn the focus on the truly overpaid members of this country when discussing the national budget? You know, like the people who make the laws?
Oh look. On top of getting rid of tuition assistance, the government is now cutting military medical benefits. Yep. Living the rich life!
I am...a dreadlocks sportin', vegan food diggin', garden growin', floaty skirt wearin', bare feet steppin', from scratch cookin', non-spankin', homeschoolin', fiction writin', couponin', dog adoptin', displaced Texan, wife of a soldier and mother of a darlin'...