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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:


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

<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.
  • 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.