If I read one more headline about commissaries being shut down, I think I’ll puke. It’s true that we live in a turbulent time in the military. There are budget cuts, benefit cuts, and furloughs popping up all over the place. The well has dried up. But it’s not the first time the military has been through this part of the cycle, and unfortunately not the last.
I can’t tell if the outrage is real or driven by the media. I can’t tell whether there really is panic that the commissary could be closed, or whether it just makes a catchy headline. It makes a great sob story to talk about military families who are left defenseless in a cold and grey wasteland.
Except it’s not true. Are we so incapable that we can’t hack it? I don’t think so. I’ve been a part of the military for 30 years now, and I think military spouses and families are extremely capable and gifted problem solvers. We adjust course. We shift fire. We conserve ammo. And we march on.
“…military spouses and families are extremely capable and gifted problem solvers.”
It’s not that it’s pretty. Or that we should sit back silently without a fight. But at the end of the day, we need to remember just how capable we are. How we get things done and make it happen. How firmly our own two feet are planted in the dirt.
Don’t be baited into battles. Don’t let the headlines get you down. Remember who you are, and what you’re capable of.
In the military, the winds will change, and they will change again. But you are always the captain of your own ship.
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