HOW MUCH DOES THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TRULY VALUE OUR MILITARY TROOPS?
The United States of America would be absolutely nowhere without our military troops. We depend upon them to protect our freedom and safety in order to continue living our “normal” lives. Contrary to what some Americans might say, without them life as we know it would not exist.
What makes the U.S.A. different is the belief system in which our country was originally founded on. These are the values our soldiers fight for. We owe them much more than what they currently receive while away, or upon their return. Too often, veteran soldiers come back to the United States with post-traumatic stress disorder (aka “PTSD”) and/or life altering physical disabilities after their discharge.
A U.S. soldier must endure the difficulties that accompany his or her enlistment, including loneliness, stressful (and often times traumatic) conditions and disabling injuries, which will affect that person for years to come. Just imagining the events that take place during war is chilling. These men and women must live it daily. However, an American soldier is not the only one affected by life in the military. His or her spouse also experiences turmoil.
If the military spouse is a licensed professional, too often the process of transferring or qualifying for the same professional license in a new location is a lengthy process. By the time all of the paperwork and other red tape are completed to qualify for a local position, it’s time to move again. For this reason, a military couple will frequently be forced to rely solely on the income generated from Uncle Sam.
With the average paycheck for a military family estimating around $52K, most military families will be forced to use credit cards, take out additional loans and other creative financing tactics just to get by. It is not uncommon for a spouse to be forced to stay behind when their soldier is deployed. Under these particular circumstances, the spouse remains in a location far away from relatives who (under normal circumstances) might offer financial or emotional support.
If the military couple has children, seldom is there any one available to help with childcare. Therefore, the spouse has no choice but to pay for childcare services, which only adds to the financial problems. For starters, the spouse is instantly thrown into a “single parent” role. Yet, whereas the average single parent would typically remain close by family to receive help, the military spouse has no one.
Obviously, the life of a military family has enough drama to encourage content for popular television shows. Unfortunately, these conditions are often overwhelming for both parties and failed marriages are not uncommon. A soldier returning home to an empty home because the spouse couldn’t take the enlisted lifestyle any longer is just one more grief our military troops encounter.
Spouses and children of those in the Armed Forces aren’t the only ones whose lives will be negatively affected by a soldier’s military duties. Parents, grandparents, siblings and other family members are also significantly burdened. A large number of these families will be forced to deal with the reality of their loved one’s death, injury, receiving a message stating the soldier’s missing in action, or some other devastating news as a consequence of a soldier’s commitment to protect our country and our freedom.
Recently, a young veteran (not more than age 25) had recently returned home from Iraq and found work in a local gas station. The young man had been injured while deployed and had become addicted to pain medication. Apparently, he had taken too many pills and was unable to conduct a single transaction. Several customers were waiting in line to cash out. The police were eventually called and the situation was carefully handled.
Questions of concern quickly came to my mind, “What is our government doing to provide for the care of this young man and other veterans who have risked their lives for our safety and independence? Are they simply handing out pills and sending veterans on their way to deal with their own problems?”
My heart goes out to these men and women. Our military personnel basically give their lives to benefit our country, but when they return to America it seems our government, and our citizens, give little regard to the fact that these soldiers will never be the same and must learn to adapt to whatever their altered circumstances may be.
Just recently, I discovered there are seedy lenders who repeatedly target American soldiers and veterans with so-called discounted “military loans. Sadly, many of these businesses are not out to help our military at all. They simply use this tactic to increase their own profits and actually make matters worse for those servicemen and women who fall into their deceitful trap. Low rates are offered for loans, but other terms are cleverly hidden (in small print) and prevent the borrower from paying back the debt without high costs.
There are trustworthy, private lenders who will offer low rate, short-term loans for military personnel and veterans. Chapes-JPL has bee operating from Atlanta since 1980 and is one of the oldest and most reputable asset based lenders in the business. Chapes-JPL offers secured loans for civilian customers at less than 10% interest per month with the ability to make payments towards the principal at any time during the life of the loan.
The average pawnshop and private loan company will charge as much as 25% interest rate per month without the ability to make payments toward the principal. Chapes-JPL was founded as an effort to provide a better quick cash alternative for good people and guarantees an even lesser rate for military servicemen and women.
All appraisals at Chapes-JPL for gold, silver, fine jewelry, diamonds and designer watches are free. Their lending methods are highly discreet, as they meet with each client individually at one of two boutique office locations, which are situated within extremely secure financial buildings in Atlanta, Georgia and Boca Raton, Florida.
Every collateral item pledged with this private lender is photographed, insured and kept safely in bank vaults. To find out more, please visit chapesjpl.com.