One Practical Way to Honor the Military

11 Nov

I am completely pro-military. There, go ahead and get whatever knee-jerk reaction you have to that out of the way.

Generations of my family have served. My father was a two-tour Vietnam vet. It definitely influenced how I was raised and the views I have.

What I’m saying is this: I understand watching a dad deal with having been to war.

I am still, 10000% pro-military.

I may not be pro-politics, but that is a different story.

Today is Veterans Day. In the last few decades this day has gone from a day to honor veterans to just a day to remember to honor them.

I cut a bunch of things I think and feel about America’s views of our military and I’m just going to throw down my gauntlet.

Do you know what we pay those men and women who risk their life, limbs, sanity, and family’s emotions?

I’m pasting this right off the Army’s website:

BASIC PAY FOR ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS*

Chart reflects Basic Pay only and does not include bonuses, allowances and other benefits. Learn about total Army compensation.

RANK
<2 Years Experience 4 Years Experience 6 Years Experience
Private (E1) $17,611**
Private (E2) $19,739 $19,739 $19,739
Private First Class(E3) $20,758 $23,400 $23,400
Specialist or Corporal (E4) $22,993 $26,770 $27,911
Sergeant (E5) $25,081 $29,380 $31,442
Staff Sergeant (E6) $27,374 $32,742 $34,088

 You’re reading that correctly. A Staff Sergeant with years active duty can expect to make $34k.
 
And so, I’m going to take this moment (since it’s my darn blog) to say something I’ve wanted to say for years:
 
If you own a store and don’t give a military discount, shame on you. Please consider it. Those 10%s add up.
 
And now, for a little public shaming.
THESE STORES DO NOT GIVE MILITARY DISCOUNTS:
  • Walmart
  • Target
  • Costco
  • BJs
  • Whole Foods
  • Stop & Shop
  • the list goes on…

Email the company and let them know you want them to support our families supporting our troops.

Interested in where to find military discounts? HERE’S a good place to start… because, remember, honoring our military men and women is not a one-day-a-year thing.

 
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10 Responses to “One Practical Way to Honor the Military”

  1. Linda G. November 11, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Sing it, sister! I’m with you all the way. My son-in-law is a Navy pilot, and personally I think we can’t do enough for our men and women in uniform.

  2. briaq November 11, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I currently live in part of the country where they don’t even realize that the base is there. LITERALLY when I said, we should have more military discounts locally because of the base, someone said: What base.

    We were four miles off base at that moment.

  3. Linda G. November 11, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Sheesh. That’s just sad. 😦

  4. Kat Cantrell November 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Eye-opening. Thanks for posting. Really really really did not know any of this…

  5. briaq November 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Puts it in perspective, huh?

    I’m in no way “in” on what military make in actuality due to special jobs or promotions or duties or time spent or anything else considered from the HR side. But this chart, this very public chart, yeah. Wow.

  6. amethystgreye November 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I kiss my husband (veteran, currently on inactive duty), make my dad-in-law laugh (served in Vietnam), help out my sister-in-law (her husband, my brother-in-law is currently serving in the ME), and generally think the best thing to do for veterans or those currently serving is to make a war-free zone.

    As for the pay, we’ll my faith comes into play there, and that’s hard to chart. 🙂

    Wonderful, level-headed application here, Bria. Passion AND pragmatism. Awesome.

  7. briaq November 11, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    It’s sad to me how few of us (myself included) understand what military families go through for someone to serve. Go hug and kiss everyone again for me.

  8. abby mumford November 14, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    this is incredible. i’m glad my eyes have been opened.

  9. briaq November 14, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Why do i fear you’re mocking me? LOL

  10. Ancient One May 27, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    YUes it is hasrd to believe these men and women go through “hell” for a meager pay because they have a calling to serve and protect our country. What is also a shame many of the younger troops with families are on food stamps! Most of the junior enlisted in the Washington, DC area are on food stamps and other assistance because there isn’t enough afforable or military housing available. SHAME ON OUR CONGRESS AND PRESIDENT. ENOUGH TALK! DO SOMETHING. I am a three tour vietnam vet. I lasted long enough to go in on Desart Storm. I was forced to retire because I stood up for my men and women and their rights and needs. I wasn’t political. I was the !@#$%^&*( First Sergeant in the Army and I was and still proud of my people. God bless them all.

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