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Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Mr. Muskrat
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I'm married with 2 girls. I work as a full time Perl programmer for a Land Mobile Radio company in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

I am enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online working towards a Bachelor of Science in photography.

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Journal of Mr. Muskrat (4572)

Tuesday November 11, 2003
10:44 AM

Veteran's Day

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"...a celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." -- History of Veterans Day

I greatly appreciate each and every American service member regardless of age, sex, race, religion, branch of service; Active duty, Reserve or National Guard. You pay a high price for my freedom and I thank you!

You and your families make sacrifices every single day that you are in the military. Most citizens will never fully grasp the sacrifices that you make in order to "protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic".

When you are deployed, your biggest sacrifice is that at any time you may give your life so that others may live. You are away from your family for a long period of time. You may have to sleep in a tent or even a hole in the middle of the desert. You may not have the opportunity to shower or to eat what you like.

Military duty means working long hours for a small amount of money. You will often have to take on a second job or go on food stamps so that you can provide for your family. Just because you are home does not mean that you do not still make sacrifices.

Those of you who are no longer in the military have my undying gratitude as well. You have already endured the hardships that come with military service.

I may not be able to thank you in person but I thank you.

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  • The active duty pay is really low, but the National Guard and Reserve pay is actually really good. After the first thingy over here, when a lot of reserve component soldiers came back to financial ruin, they changed the rules.

    I get a lot of special pays: Family Separation Pay, Hazardous Duty Pay, Hostile Fire Pay, Basic Allowance for Housing (which, for Chicago, is more than some soldiers' whole paycheck), and a subsistence allowance.

    All of these pays were increased a $100 or so when the war on terror beg