Serving for one’s country is definitely a heroic deed, you have to make a lot of sacrifices not only by yourself but with your family as well. One is to be separated from them when duty calls or having to relocate the whole family from one place to another if assigned to a different location.
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_military
As of 31 December 2010, U.S. armed forces were stationed in 150 of the world’s 192 countries; the number of non-contingent deployments per country ranges from 1 in Suriname to over 50,000 in Germany. Some of the largest deployments are: 103,700 in Afghanistan, 52,440 in Germany (see list), 35,688 in Japan (USFJ), 28,500 in South Korea (USFK), 9,660 in Italy, and 9,015 in the United Kingdom. These numbers change frequently due to the regular recall and deployment of units.
Altogether, 77,917 military personnel are located in Europe, 141 in the former Soviet Union, 47,236 in East Asia and the Pacific, 3,362 in North Africa, the Near East, and South Asia, 1,355 in sub-Saharan Africa and 1,941 in the Western Hemisphere excluding the U.S. itself.
Being removed from your home root is already hard, leaving relatives and friends behind, but it’s more difficult for your children transferring from one school to another and adjusting to new environments every so often.
If you are a military man/woman what is the best option or things to consider when buying or renting a new place to stay outside Military bases, please refer to the infographics below and make your own assessment.
Patriotic Americans often enjoy displaying flags. There are state flags, military flags, police and firefighter flags, historical flags, international flags of heritage, and of course, the national flag. Many Americans fly the Stars and Stripes with pride in their yards or hanging from their porches.It should be easy to find American made flags, but it isn’t always as easy as flag lovers wish. There are many international companies and factories that have realized the profit in selling American flags, and do so. The flag being flown in your yard or your neighbor’s yard may have actually been made in another country altogether.If having an American made flag is your true desire, there are companies and small businesses in the Land of the Free that make or sell them. An example of such a business is Flag Store USA, located in Connecticut and available online at https://www.flagstoreusa.com/Default.asp.
Authorized by the American made flag company Annin to carry its products, Flag Store USA has a selection of flags for all occasions. From flags honoring the military, police officers and firefighters to religious flags, state and international flags and the American flag in sizes for outdoor and indoor use, there is much to see for anyone desiring a flag. There are historical flags for those who want a piece of American history or perhaps are reenacting some of it. There are flags for holidays, seasons, sports and more. To be a little mischievous and tongue-in-cheek, among Flag Store USA’s other offerings are Jolly Roger pirate flags.
Aside from flags, Flag Store USA also carries flagpoles, display lights and other equipment to help display flags. There are markers to place on the graves of veterans and firefighters, signifying how they served our country. Available too are special decorations for homes and events displaying the red, white and blue, such as pleated fan and pull-down designs.
Flag Store USA was founded in 1971 and still stands in the same location. It’s a family business, run by a couple, two employees and the couple’s children. Proud to be patriotic and to sell only American made flags, Flag Store USA also offers information on the proper etiquette and display of flags and the history of the American flag-making company Annin.
There are businesses similar to Flag Store USA that offer American made flags and flag-related products. There may even be one in your local neighborhood.
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