Friday, February 18, 2011

MilSpouse Friday Fill-In

Head over to Wife of a Sailor to see what other MilSpouses are saying this week.

1.What is your favorite MilSpouse blog (not including Wife of a Sailor who we all love, or your own)? submitted by Our Crazy Life (Wifey note: whaaaat? You can’t say my blog? No fun! LOL, just kidding)
I love {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife.  When I was thinking of starting up a blog, she was actually the first blogger that I found and I've really enjoyed keeping up with her since.

2.What are your favorite perks about your s/o being deployed (we all know there are perks)? submitted by Ramblings of a Marine Wife
Well, we just finished a deployment, so right now all that comes to mind are the 1,000+ perks of having my husband home!  But I guess there are a few benefits - no day-to-day bickering, no "Joel messes" around the house and deployments give us a bit of a financial boost.

3.How long did you date your before getting engaged? Married? submitted by Utterly Chaotic
Joel and I dated for 6 months before we got engaged and we were engaged for just 3 months.

4.What do you think your would do if s/he wasn’t in the military? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared
My guess would be that Joel would have been an engineer.... he's more than halfway through his engineering program, but I'm not sure he'll ever pursue that professionally.

(I cheated and decided to ask him.  I was right!)

5.If you could talk to the Secretary of (fill in your appropriate branch) what is one suggestion you would like to bring to their attention in order to improve the lives of military families? submitted by My Life as His (Air Force) Wife
I know this is pretty broad, but I think I would suggest they pursue more effective ways to communicate about military benefits.  It seems that each unit on base is responsible for communicating these benefits, and some do a much better job than others.  I feel that there is so much information that we need or could benefit from that we just don't know.  And I'm not sure if that's unique to the Guard or if Active Duty also has these problems.

3 comments:

To the Nth said...

I can assure you that effective communication of military benefits is an issue across all elements of the service, Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve alike. It seems like it's so hit or miss; even people who have been in and around the military for years are constantly having "I didn't know that!" moments.

Mowenackie said...

I find that even though you may know what benefits you are entitled to, the details are very murky. I still haven't figured out TriCare despite numerous "benefit fairs" and conversations. To be honest, since T and I both have civilian jobs, we basically ignore it.

Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife said...

Thank you for the shout out! As you might now, I've been a bit preoccupied this weekend, so I'm just catching up on blogs now. =)