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  •  Those I.D. cards matter. (3+ / 0-)
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    WakeUpNeo, angelajean, diggerspop

    Commissary and PX/BX benefits save a family money. And if you're stationed somewhere like Japan, it might be the only place to buy clothing that fits American bodies, except for catalogs (I'm a 38 C bra size; Japanese stores do NOT carry anything close to that).

    And I don't care if you are gay or straight: discrimination by a bunch of right-wing women is  plain wrong. And I am willing to bet, a lot of those gals are right-wing, from my experience as an E wife  who lived on base for 11 of the 15 years of his active service while married to me.  I went to precisely one wives' club meeting--and when I saw 5 women and 15 kids there, I asked the one running it if they planned to do anything for women who were childless, she was dumbfounded by the question.

    "Well, we mostly serve military families."

    (Which is a typical response: childless couples are just couples, not a real family.)

    I thanked her and left--and everything they planned for that deployment was centered aound women with small children. Since my definition of hell is an afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese,  I was very glad I'd listened to my gut and walked away.  

    FYI, there  are women like me who are military wives, folks--but we're the ones who don't fit the narrow specs,and we usually never meet each other because we're not joiners.  I found my friends via the local SCA groups, and sf fandom, rather than bonding through channels.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:04:53 PM PST

    •  I think you hit the nail on the head. (2+ / 0-)
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      Militarytracy, irishwitch

      It's common for spouse groups to get wrapped around the family aspect. I'm in a slightly different situation right now but just planned an event for a group of military spouses and it was last minute. Those without kids or with grown kids are signing up. Those with kids are struggling because I didn't give a lot of warning. I feel bad however this trip needed to happen sooner rather than later.

      As to the make up of the women making this decision... I've done a little digging. At least some of the leadership are very invested in their protestant activities. I'll be digging more if they don't approve the second time around.

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