We’ve been a military family twice over. When Sam and I were married at 20 and 19, he was in the Marines. After 4 years, multiple deployments that totaled nearly 2 1/2 years, and a deployment mid-war to Iraq, he decided not to reenlist, and we spent 5 years as civilians.
We learned after he left just a few of the opportunities that were available for veterans and active duty. Companies like Direct Energy offer discounts and rewards plans for military members on their electricity and/or natural gas, telephone companies offer discounts, many appliance stores have a standing percentage off. With no kids at the time and both of us working full time, we didn’t think much about that. Then we had a baby, one income, and horrible insurance to deal with.
After Bella was about 10 months old, he told me he wanted to go back. This time the Army – more family friendly which was better for us. He spent 4 months away in training and came home to move us to El Paso.