Updated note: I just read an interesting article over at Military Spouse Magazine confirming that Commissaries are not on the chopping block and the original quoted article added a line that proposals to cut commissary benefits would have to make it through Congress and the President, which they noted would be difficult. Perhaps, it’s the mad and loud voices of the military family that can keep our military-benefits, like the commissary, from meeting the chopping block. So now it’s time to let them know how we feel about raising TRICARE fees 100% to 500% for our deserving military retirees, as well as the importance of our military-benefits, like the commissary!
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I just recently read that “The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will be soon writing a plan for closing stateside commissaries at the request of the Defense Department” (Plan to Close Stateside Commissaries Coming Soon). The statement stopped me in my tracks.
Really? Something like this is announced during Military Family Appreciation Month? Something like this is announced when there are still military-spouses looking for simple employment with each PCS? Something like this is announced when Military-Retirees and their families are looking at TRICARE fees hiked 100 to 500 PERCENT each year? Something like this is announced when the President tells us he stands for our troops. I highly doubt it.
I can’t help but wonder why we are pulling these important benefits for those that are working hard to stand tall for our nation, the United States of America. Our Military-members WORK HARD for their benefits. They give life and limb (yes, literally, sometimes) to protect our freedoms as Americans. The commissary is just one of those small benefits that goes a long way. TRICARE is a way of saying “Thank You”, retirees, you have served us well for the past 20 years. You earned affordable medical-insurance. (More information on these proposed changes from Military.com.)
Here is an interesting thought a friend shared with me: When we give and give and give to the poor and don’t empower them to earn themselves we take away their dignity; we hold them back; we let them stay in the grip of poverty. So let’s stop being a nation of charity and let’s SUPPORT those that are working hard to defend our nation instead of taking from them. It is like taking from the hands of the working to feed the poor.
How about you? I hate being partisan. I hate confrontation. But this just made me mad. Do you see the closing of the commissaries as a big deal? Do you think I am blowing it out of proportion? Will the Tricare fee-hike affect you? What is one of the most important benefits to you as a military-family and do you think it is in jeopardy? Let’s be sure to take the time to write our Congressmen. Let them know they can keep their so called “military-appreciation” and that we, the military-family, are not a force to be reckoned with!
Mad, mad and loud –
Leanne from MilitaryAvenue.com
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