Each year, when Military Appreciation Month rolls around, I have a special place in my heart for those that aren’t celebrated. We see spouses thank their husbands, children thank their fathers, but we don’t see the women of the military mentioned much. Well, this year, I’m #FindingNewRoads and putting the spotlight on the women.
Now, as a woman in the military, I’m not what people may think of when they see the phrase “military spouse.” I’m in the military, and yes I’m a spouse. My husband would better fit the definition of a military spouse, but again, he’s not really the typical example of one. This is why we struggle a bit within this community. We don’t feel like we fit in. This is how most women in the military feel each and every day. They are part of this large family, but have additional rules and regulations they must abide by in order to feel accepted. They may work twice as hard to get the respect they deserve. But, they fight. They get deep in the trenches, and do what’s needed. That’s who I want to thank. The women who came before me, and the ones I work with right now. They are the real heroes in my life.
I want to thank Bea Arthur. Yes, that Bea Arthur. She was one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve, and was reviewed as being “argumentative and over aggressive.” As a woman in the military, I can see why they would write that in her file. I’m quite sure she did what most of us do in our positions: she stood up for herself and others. That tends to not go over well. Whenever I’m afraid of speaking out about something that is cleary against rules and regulations, I remember Bea. She’s a hero.
I want to thank my friend A’Driane, who had to leave his position as a military police officer because she was 6 months pregnant and had not support from her son’s father (or her shop, for that matter). She gave up a career she loved and a community she’d become accustomed to in order to be a great mom for her son. That’s a hero.
I want to thank the best boss I know, Major Bell, for being one the strongest women I know. After enduring one of the most horrific plane accidents we’ve seen in a long time, she pushed to recover and return to duty. She could have taken the option of military discharge, but she knew her work within our community wasn’t finished. She fought pretty much every day to return to work at our base, and overcame many hurdles physically and mentally. She is a hero.
These are women who make up the military. The quiet, and not-so-quiet, giants. The mentors and pillars of the female part of our community. The fighters. The explorers. The finders of new roads. They are the ones I salute this year, and I’m so proud to call them family.
We Find New Roads
All military members, especially the women, are always on the mission to find new roads to explore. Whether it’s on duty or off duty, we seek out adventure. During Military Appreciation Month, Chevrolet offers the best military discount program of any car company. Chevy extends their military discount to Active Duty members, Reserves, Veterans within one year of discharge date and Retirees—including their spouses—of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard.
This great value gives you a special discounted price below the MSRP. Plus, you can combine this discount with most current offers to save even more. USAA members also receive an additional $750 private offer.
Connect With The Community — And Win
On Tuesday May 27th at 8 pm EST two of my favorite women, @NextGenMilso and @ArmyWives101, are hosting the #ChevySalutes Twitter party where you will have the chance to win 2 iPAD minis and 4 $100 Visa gift cards. That sounds like the perfect amount of gas money. All you have to do is tweet during the party for a chance to win!
Join them for great conversation, prizes and fun as they talk about supporting our military community members who find new roads after military service.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chevrolet via MSB New Media. The opinions and text are all mine.