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Getting to know: Real Life As a Marine Wife Part 3

From what I read in your blog, you and your family are stationed in Germany. How does the German public’s treatment of the United States military compare with the American public’s treatment of our military?

The Germans LOVE President Obama, but I’ve only been here five months so I haven’t formed an opinion yet about how our host nation treats the military.

From the perspective of a Marine wife, do you feel the news coverage of the war in the Middle East isn’t being 100% truthful with the public?

No. The media is trying to keep it clean, and war isn’t clean. It’s dirty and ugly and bloody, but America doesn’t have the stomach for that, so the media doesn’t cover it. There should be a deployed service member or Wounded Warrior profiled three nights a week on the national news.

The Marine Corps recently enacted a ban on dogs with aggressive temperaments from Camp Pendleton, Lejeune and other Marine bases. How would you and your family handle this situation if you were living on base?

Actually I’m not an animal lover, and I think this is a good idea. The housing is too close together and there are way too many unsupervised kids running around to take chances. If people want a big and/or scary dog, they should live off base. Plus a lot of pets get abandoned when people PCS, or they bring a pet overseas, not realizing that housing and open space may be totally inadequate for a large animal. It’s unfair to the pet.

Are you and your husband encouraging your children to join the military or are you attempting to steer them towards a civilian career? Why or why not?

My oldest son is a senior in high school and we support his desire to serve in the military, but would prefer he enter as an officer, after college, rather than enlist.

More Q&A’s to come in the future with more from my blogroll, but in the mean time read Part 1, Part 2, and Tracy’s blog , Real Life as a Marine Wife.

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Military Discounts…do veterans have the same rights as active duty?

#MilitaryDiscount is a hashtag topic I’ve seen popping up a lot in my Twitter feed, thanks to @MilitaryAvenue, who has been Tweeting a lot recently about places offering military discounts. While reading Tweets like “Mil family owned garage offers #MilitaryDiscount at Selfridge ANGB 10% off repairs!”, I began to think about what I’ve been seeing in my own life.

Many places are advertising military discounts, but fail to mention fine print about a requirement of active-duty.

I threw this Tweet out this morning  in reply to one of @MilitaryAvenue’s Tweets, “@MilitaryAvenue Are you finding these military discounts apply to veterans as well as active-duty?

The @reply Tweet from @MilitaryAvenue was “@HeatherBray A Partner creates an ad for Active Duty only or to include Vets. A lot of them r reaching out to the veterans (Rightfully so!)

The saying in the Marine Corps is “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” and it’s a shame establishments feel you’re no longer military once you retire or are discharged.

It is a good thing establishments are reaching out to veterans for military discounts, but I leave you with this final thought, which was also my @reply to @MilitaryAvenue…”It’s good they’re reaching out to vets, but do you think they’re excluding vets by only allowing active duty discounts?

This topic is one I have yet to fully finish and delve into, but I consider this post the jumping off point for a much larger story.

I’d love to hear what you all think/feel about this topic.