It's a hard pill to swallow and it may be pessimistic but the reality is that to many Americans, military families just don't matter. Whether they're republicans or democrats, wealthy or poor, unless they have a service member in their family or as a good friend, they don't care. Sometimes, not even then. They don't educate themselves politically. They don't send care packages. They don't check on military families in their own neighborhoods. I would hazard to guess that they don't even realize we're still at war. By the way, WE'RE STILL AT WAR.
Regardless of the political language, there are still Americans fighting and dying for this country. There is a giant, grand canyon sized divide between the military and civilian worlds. How many Americans (outside military families) can answer the following questions:
What is a blue star family?
What is a gold star family?
What does it mean to PCS?
Can you locate Iraq or Afghanistan on a map?
These are the most basic things to any military family and so many civilians can't answer them. Should military families reach out more. Yeah, probably but why don't more Americans educate themselves? Why do so many bury their heads in the sand and ignore what's happening around them?
I had a college friend post on her facebook "So why does my TV have a countdown to "government shutdown" in the bottom left corner of the screen?"
It's a big deal people.
I don't care what side of the political spectrum you fall on. I don't care if you're shouting that Obama is the next Messiah or he's the anti-Christ. In fact, I prefer it....shouting for either side to silence. I'm tired of people not caring. I'm tired of the lukewarm attitude towards politics because it matters. It's my husband's life. It's our family's livelihood.
Step up, educate yourself and make a decision. Any decision.
Then again, most of the people this is directed towards, will never read this because I'm just another military wife complaining and we don't matter.