I love to read and I love books, so this is great! Military One Source offers free fiction and nonfction books. You can order up to 10 free books a year. Who knew! Christina at Journey of a Navy Wife posted this today. She stated that you have to have a MyCaa account in order to order the books. I didn’t see that until after the fact. I don’t have a MyCaa account and I ordered a few with no problems. I did have to register at Military One Source since I didn’t have an account, so we’ll see if I get them.
The book lists change frequently, so remember to check back. The 10 free books a year starts when you order the first book. There aren’t a ton listed right now, but there are some good ones. The Nonfiction look to be related to the military, which is even better.
To all my fellow military spouses, thank you for what you do for your husband and for your country!! I know it doesn’t always feel like we do much, but the act that we support our husbands (and do their laundry), means they can better focus on the job of protecting our families and our country!!
The Silent Ranks
I wear no uniforms, no blues or army greens
But I am in the Army in the ranks rarely seen
I have no rank upon my shoulders – salutes I do not give
But the military world is the place where I live
I’m not in the chain of command, orders I do not get
But my husband is the one who does, this I cannot forget
I’m not the one who fires the weapon, who puts my life on the line
But my job is just as tough. I’m the one that’s left behind
My husband is a patriot, a brave and prideful man
And the call to serve his country not all can understand
Behind the lines I see the things needed to keep this country free
My husband makes the sacrifice, but so do our kids and me
I love the man I married, Soldiering is his life
But I stand among the silent ranks known as the Army Wife
In 1997 Gary Sinise and Kimo Williams first met and realized their mutual love of music. This lead to numerous jam sessions and the foundation for the Lt. Dan Band. Following one of his many trips overseas to visit those serving our country, Gary asked the USO if they would allow him to take a band with him on a tour. The USO agreed, the band began rehearsing and in February of 2004, The Lieutenant Dan Band hit the road on their first overseas USO tour to Korea, Singapore and Diego Garcia. Since those early sessions at Kimo’s house, a few gigs for the troops in the Chicago area in 2003, and that first overseas tour, in the past six years Gary and the band have played an average of 30-40 shows per year with a good 75% of those shows for USO, charities or benefits. Their are 14 band members. The band covers a wide variety of music, from Springsteen to Linkin Park and Aretha to Hendrix. There’s something for everyone, and each show highlights the musical diversity of the band, as well as the passion and energy each member brings to the stage.
A friend and I went to the show last night. It was awesome! The show was supposed to start at 6:30 at an outside location. It had raining on and of all day and 2 hours prior to the show, the hail, thunder, and lightning started. The stage was already set up, but the basic equipment was moved to an indoor location so the show could go on. It started 2 hours late, but it was worth it! It says something when they’ll take the time to move the concert location instead of just canceling it. We got their shortly after the show started. The place was full, with mostly Army basic training privates in the stands. The band played a wide variety of music and did a great job of it. I would have paid to see the show (it was free). He stuck around aferwards for a meet and greet. Poor guy looked tired (it was midnight), but he met every single person in line.
It was rare, in my opinion, to see a celebrity so openly support the military. I realize a lot of them do USO tours overseas, but some are more in it for the publicity, while others do it purely to support our guys. Gary Sinise must already be busy considering he has hit TV show, but to also play 30-40 shows a year, just really shows how dedicated he is to what he does.
The husband is getting ready to leave for Okinawa. He has already started out-processing, his replacement is already here, and he is home a lot more. I don’t mind one bit, we’ve actually gotten some things done around here and it is more time he can spend with the kids (and a break for me!). I was talking to my sister earlier and she asked why he was home. I explained and she then asked if he still got paid. I don’t know why I find this so funny, but I do (no offense to my sis, she has no experience with the military outside of my life). That is one great thing about the military, you never have to worry if and when your next paycheck is coming. It magically appears, twice a month, no matter what you are doing. With the way the economy is going, it is a blessing to know the paycheck is secure. I lost my job last November and knowing is job is secure is a relief. I have read many stories of people who are joining the military now because they have no other job options or desperately need the benefits. This may not be the best reason for joining, but to each his own. I still have respect for anyone who will willingly join, because I don’t think I could ever do it!