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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Some days I hate the military

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Some days I hate the military

I know I shouldn't say that, but let me explain.

My husband is a reservist who is currently on active duty and living on base. They are not feeding him during this time, so we have to pay for him to buy food during the week. His base also happens to be on the other side of the state, so we are paying for him to drive home when he gets liberty.

This is expensive. My husband and I have talked about him not coming home on liberty so we can save money.

We get paid twice a month. We are also entitled to a travel claim each month. A good portion of our money comes from this travel claim. Without it, we would not be able to afford my husband being on active duty.

They owe us a travel claim (it's almost $1000) from April. Yep, you heard right, from 6 months ago. They decided to wait to pay us until the boys came home from Iraq. They also owe us a travel claim from Sept. We have yet to be paid either of them.

We are dead broke. As of the first, most of our savings will be emptied to pay bills because we have not received our travel claims. To make matters worse, ball is coming up. Ball is a required weekend that they make us pay to attend. That is correct, REQUIRED attendance, but $60 a person. So we had to shell out $120 we didn't have to be able to go to a required function. To make matters worse then that, they don't give us anywhere to stay, so we have to put ourselves up in a hotel for the night... Did I forget to mention that the reason we need a hotel is because they hold it on the other side of the state from us?

So we have to have gas money to get us there and back, a hotel, I need a formal dress, we have to pay for tickets and drinks. Dinner, thankfully is included in the ticket.

Well, because we didn't get our travel claims, we don't have enough money to attend ball this year (or buy him food while he is on base or go grocery shopping when he is home). My husband will be in trouble if he doesn't go, but we can't afford to get there, or stay there.

And why? you ask. Why haven't we received our pay? Because a Chief Warrant Office (for the whole battalion) failed to call our administration guys and tell them that part of the paperwork had changed. So, when they submitted the paperwork to get us paid the two months worth of pay that they owe us, it couldn't be processed. In the military, there is no warning that things didn't go right until people don't get paid. No one calls to say the paperwork was wrong. So it all processed and weeks went by until, finally, someone noticed that half the company didn't get paid.

They are in the processes of trying to get us our money. But to be honest, no one in the military cares we didn't get paid. The I&I (administration) staff is all active duty guys and they have an attitude that says, "we are better than the reservist because we are active duty." They also get paid whether we do or not, so they are in no hurry to get us our money.

There is no one to complain to. There is no one to make the process go faster. We were told it could take up to two weeks to get our money. We have already been waiting a month for it.

Only the military can screw up this badly and not have any consequences. They are the government, so there is no one to crack down on them. No one is going to get in trouble because we didn't get paid. No one is going to apologize because my husband and I can't afford groceries. It just sucks.

Once we get the money, we will be set financially. We will have money in our savings account and all of our bills will be paid. We will have more than enough to last until my husband goes back to his civilian job, and then some. Plus, we will get more travel claims in the coming months, so we really will be all set. It's just right now. We had savings, but as I have blogged before, emergencies happen and we dwindled it down to very little. What is left is going to pay our bills come the first of the month.

My husband is making a lot less money state side then he was in Iraq. That is part of our problem. The bills went up and the pay went down. Now that I have to pay for car insurance and his cell phone. Gas money, food for two people instead of one, the list goes on and on. There are so many more expenses now and less money coming in to pay for them. We really needed that travel claim to come asap.

Gosh, some days, I really hate how the military functions, or doesn't for that matter. It's so screwed up! Life as a civilian, never felt this complicated.


4 Comments:

Blogger Samantha said...

I hope you get your money soon! My husband is owed some travel money, too. It seems like with some things, the military is quick, but with other things, the paperwork can get messed up and it takes FOREVER. And you're right, no one really cares.

October 26, 2009 at 1:01 PM  
Blogger Diva Ma @ Mommy Fabulous said...

You're right! If the military owes you they take FOREVER to get you your money. If you owe THEM it's coming out right about!!!

It's a struggle, but it'll get better!

October 26, 2009 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

phooey on the military, that's really how I feel sometimes

phooey on them.....

October 27, 2009 at 2:19 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Pray.

October 27, 2009 at 4:49 AM  

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