Marriage is a challenge—a beautiful, intimate union, yes, but a challenge nonetheless.
For a military couple, marriage not only entails the typical chore quarrel, parenting squabble and financial feud, but also a whole separate realm of anxiety, fear, and loneliness.
The military may try to compensate with bonus pay and the occasional leave, but good luck with finding ample time for romance. It’s a reality couples can’t escape, but with a military discount, it’s a bit easier to embrace. Many don’t realize how many discounts they can actually receive—there are enough to make an entire day of it! For instance…
Phone call/Text your sweetie on your discounted phone service to tell them how excited you are for your date.
Shower and get dressed in your new, discounted apparel from Kohls, and your sweet new kicks from Nike.
Decide between coffee from McDonalds, Java Café or Duncan Donuts and take your car and its new tires out to get a cup of Joe for you and your honey.
Deliver the drink and tell your date how lovely they look. Head out to the Amtrak station, get on a train and ride to a nearby city
Arrive in the city and grab lunch at Sonic before heading off to the Major League Baseball game.
Enjoy the exciting game, but don’t forget to bring your rally cap you bought from Dick’s Sporting Goods, just in case it get’s intense.
Get your favorite meal at Applebee’s before heading to the mall for a spontaneous photo shoot to commemorate your fun at Sear’s Portrait Studio.
Hit up some more stores before hoping on the Greyhound and heading back home
You and your sweetie arrive back, a bit exhausted from the travels. It’s a perfect time for Maggie Moo’s ice cream and a new release from Blockbuster.
You head home, curl up in your new Ty Pennington bed-set from Kmart and end a perfect day
Okay, so maybe a resort is more your thing. There’s a discount. Perhaps the movie theatre is more plausible. There’s one for that too. Museums? Yep. Kid-friendly attractions? Of course. The military lifestyle may take its toll and have its challenges, but take charge and use it in your fight for matrimony.
Photo thanks to Lollaping via Flickr Creative Commons
Adrienne May is a military spouse. Her husband is an Army soldier and now is serving in the Army National Guard. Together they have three children from preschool to pre-teen. Adrienne is actively involved in family readiness and disaster preparedness on the state level and advocating for military family programs, homecoming transition programs and adequate veterans benefits.
Military Spouse Central aims to be a resource for military spouses as they deal with overseas deployment, sudden PCS orders and everything else that comes with marrying a member of the Armed Forces.
Adrienne May maintains Military Spouse Central for Veterans United Home Loans, the nation's leading VA-approved lender. Adrienne is wife to a National Guard solider and has built up a massive library of resources, tips, articles and contributors for military spouses from all branches!