It can be hard not to hate the Army sometimes. I curse them at least once a month, when they take J away, or fail to give us information, or the mess with our lives in some way. This is what happens, this is part of the life, and it can be so easy to blame them, and hate them, and just take out your anger on them.

What we need to remember though, is that there are benefits.Without the Army, I wouldn’t be able to stay home with my son, we probably wouldn’t have even had him. We have a house we could never afford otherwise, and great job security, and we get to live in different places (this can be seen as a positive or a negative).

The sacrifices that we make can be great, and I would never ask J to make them just to get the benefits. The most important thing is that this is what he wants to do, and appreciating the benefits simply helps to accept all of the hard times. Am I always able to do this? Definitely not, haha, I frequently curse the Army and wonder why we are doing this to ourselves, but eventually I remember, and I am thankful, both to the Army who offers us these benefits, and my husband, who sacrifices so much more than I do, and works so hard so that we can have them.