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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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Getting to know: Real Life As a Marine Wife Part 2

You’ve been posting a lot recently about the Homeowners’ Assistance Program, have there been other issues you’ve been as passionate about in the past that received a lot of posts?

The Homeowners’ Assistance Program was the one that really set me off, that wasn’t just a personal gripe but affected a huge number of people. Most of the other service-related irritants I’ve learned to deal with, or laugh through, during the last 19 years. Now that I have something of an audience, I think a lot of things I’ve gotten used to will be addressed, for the benefit of those who haven’t been doing this for 19 years and haven’t gotten used to it.

What current issue (other than the Homeowners’ Assistance Program) do you believe needs immediate action from the government?

Purple Heart medals for traumatic brain injuries, fewer deployments and longer stretches at home between deployments.

Do you feel veterans are receiving the respect and treatment they deserve from the country they fought for?

Hell no.  Because the media sanitizes everything, America has very little idea of what military life is  really like, and consequently has little motivation to support and continue to support the troops. America needs to be outraged to action, like it was after 9/11, and instead it’s largely oblivious and indifferent.

Look for Part 2 & 3 to come, but in the mean time read Part 1, and Tracy’s blog , Real Life as a Marine Wife.

Getting to know: Real Life As a Marine Wife Part 1

Tracy Moulton Peterson is the author of Real Life As a Marine Wife, a blog who’s headline describes it as:

Active-duty officer’s spouse tells the truth, without sugar-coating or censoring. What it’s really like in the all-volunteer Marine Corps these days for one family.

I have been reading Tracy’s blog and on October 2, 2009, Tracy promoted It’s a Veteran’s World on her blog. I got the chance to talk with Tracy via e-mail and this post is 1 of 3 to result.

How long have you been involved in military life, and what is your/your family’s background?

I enlisted in the Air Force in 1990. My first (failed) marriage was to an enlisted Marine.  My husband of 10 years is a Marine officer. Apparently I’m a sucker for the uniform.

What advice would you give to new military wives/girlfriends?

1) Don’t have children right away. Wait  a few years, a deployment, and a PCS move, so you know if you can handle the hardships of military life yourself, before you try to handle them with a child or two. A baby complicates your already-complicated life to a degree you can’t imagine.

2) Find a shoulder to cry on when you need to, and then continue to march.

3) Go to school, start and/or finish your college degree, get a job. It’s essential to have your own “thing.” Keep up with current events, read the newspaper. When things go wrong in the world, it can (and often does) end up affecting you.

How do you feel the Marine Corps varies from other branches of the armed forces?

I think Marines have more discipline than soldiers, sailors, and airmen. They certainly have to work a lot harder to attain the title, and they truly are the few and the proud. Marine for Life/Once A Marine, Always A Marine is true.

Stay tuned for Parts 2 and 3 to come in the future. In the meantime, read Tracy’s blog at Real Life as a Marine Wife

Adding this to the “About” page…

On Friday, October 2, 2009, a fellow blogger plugged me on her site, Real Life As a Marine Wife.

Tracy Moulton Peterson called me a “like-minded blogger” and summarized my blog’s content as “more no-holds-barred discussion of military quality-of-life issues, from a post-discharge perspective.” This summary captured exactly what I am trying to accomplish and makes me proud that people, if even slowly, are beginning to recognize and promote my mission.

While I am just starting out, Tracy and I are covering life in and out of the Marine Corps from all perspectives. Her husband is currently active-duty and she blogs about life inside the Corps, while my boyfriend is honorably discharged, and I blog from outside the Corps (with a few months experience from inside.) I feel her blog will provide me with much content and I am looking to her for guidance in this huge military blogosphere.

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