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Spouse Series: The New Boss in Town

by Janet Farley,Contributing Editor

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I don’t know about your social media feeds, but mine were on overdrive before the holidays with all kinds of election drama. As it turns out, many of my acquaintances, friends and family members, both in and out of uniform, are an eclectic and feisty group of politically passionate and opinionated people.

Who knew? Ahem.

Some of them virtually stumped for Trump while others simply assumed Clinton would be the first woman to serve in the Oval Office. Still others held out hope for Bernie despite the fact that his name wasn’t even on the ballot, and I’m fairly certain one guy in my feed really did vote Snoopy for President.

It’s been both entertaining and kind of depressing. I was tempted on more than one occasion to un-friend a contact or two and delete the more obnoxious posts coming from both sides of the political aisle.

In the end, I didn’t though. It just wasn’t worth the cyber drama. Besides, I like opinionated people. They keep everything interesting, don’t you think?

On the plus side, at least Americans were truly engaged in active (if not actively provocative at times) discussions. In theory, that’s a whole lot better than being apathetic about the direction of our country. Right?

Welcome to the post-election world where some people are thrilled and others horrified.

Military families, being the diverse group that we are, are no exception. Some of us are happy. Some of us aren’t.

Regardless of your own personal political persuasions, some of the big concerns of our service members and their families are the same today as they were before the election.

-You’re worried about your diminishing paycheck and disappearing benefits.

-You’re concerned about the negative toll being taken on your family as you face the potential for even more deployments.

-You worry that resources you’ve come to depend on will no longer be there, assuming they were there for you in the first place.

-You’re worried about finding a job at your next duty station or as you transition out of uniform.

Those concerns are here to stay for the time being, and whether you voted for Trump or not, the reality is that he is now your uniformed loved one’s boss’, boss’, boss’, boss’ boss.

Like any new manager on the job, he deserves a fighting chance because that’s just how democracy works.

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