Bush to Soldiers' Wives: Fuck Off
From today's Richmond paper, and a couple of other places at most:
When her husband's Air Force job took him to Colorado, Vydia Torres became a cashier just so she could join him even though her resume included stints as Puerto Rico's housing secretary and the head of a nonprofit group.
"I did not have the network. I did not know the labor market," Torres says of her move in 1993. Military spouses face similar career dilemmas, she said, because they relocate so much.
Today, Torres heads a Colorado Springs, Colo., program - also in place in a half-dozen communities nationwide - that helps military spouses with job training, placement, tuition and child care.
Despite its popularity, the initiative is in jeopardy because government officials do not intend to renew its federal grant.
Yup, our "Support Our Troops!" preznit is going to dump the program that helps military spouses--overwhelmingly wives, and thereby including children--support themselves.
At the best of times the military pay schedule assumes "If the Army wanted you to have a family they would have issued you one." Anyone who has ever followed a spouse to a new job knows the fun of trying to get work, even with education and credentials, in an area where you Don't Know the Territory or have personal contacts. And spouses of these kids joining in their teens and twenties, to escape the mountain valleys and concrete canyons where the recruiters hunted them out, likely don't have that education-and-credentials thing to begin with.
Military wives face the added challenge of living with the possibility that said soldier comes home unable to work for weeks, years or ever, or comes home in a box. But hey, BushCheneyCo got what they wanted out of the deal, so now, ma'am, here's this folded up flag, now get lost. We appreciate your husband's service so much we now regard you as used toilet paper. Goodbye.
This spouse-assistance program--started in the Clinton years, please note--has cost a whacking $90 million since 1999. Gee, what's that, about 17 minutes of BushQuagmire spending?