Join Date: Apr 2002
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Since it has been nine years since I was a single mother in the Army raising a child, I will attempt to answer this before the other mommies currently in this situation do. I imagine their response will be slightly less kind than mine will be. Also, please excuse me if some of the information is not current. It has been seven years since I was either in the army or an army spouse.
First of all, it is absolutely abhorant that the men and women who are serving this wonderful government of ours even if they don't agree with the engagements, they still serve honorably (most of them). Yet most E-5s and below earn so little that they qualify for WIC and other public assistance. Now when I was in Germany, I didn't pay Federal Income Tax, however I made so little that I wouldn't have paid any regardless. IT gets trickier becuase I was an E-3 pregnant with child one and no support from his sperm donor. That meant that I paid for everything out of my own pocket, If I had been stateside, I would have been able to receive WIC, etc. And the EIC, which I was also inelligible for.
Those brave people in our society who are willing to put their lives on the line because they believe this crazy government actually stands for something (rather than IN something) should be given every possible leeway to make up for the very, very, very crappy job that they do. Most military personnel I have met are smart, kind, funny, and extreemly dedicated. Being treated like chattel eventually turns them bitter, meanspirited, and domestic abuse statistics. Their families truly know how to turn lemons into lemonade, heck they take a sow's ear and turn it into a silk purse. All the while the government treats them like crap.
Its not like these people are trying to sponge off the government, they help ensure we (in the States) live with our freedoms (such as they are) and quirks. They are willing to lay down their lives so people who don't think they really earn income can whine that they are greedy for wanting a tiny tax credit so they can maybe pay a bill or two or go on vacation when they do finally get some leave while millionairs recoup tens of thousands of dollars to do basically nothing with.
I say, lets support the troups!