Although I see gratude as an every day neccesity, priviledge, and tool, I know Fall traditions matter. So,...
Yes, I've been blunt about my view about the issues between the Finks and the BRAT community. Yes, I went through my "victim/fear/anger" phase. Now I've settled into a more "listen before I speak", and, "be the good example" stance.
All that aside, I am most grateful for being an USAA member. I had wondered and hoped for a few years, seeing USAA poster on public transit, if I might have the right to join. (Turns out, my sister and others thought I already knew, but just chose not to join.) This year, after being pushed too far by my bank, and needing Renters, I looked into joining. So gladI did! I have now fully transitioned from the predatory bank I tied myself to, into USAA. Being an USAA Member has comforted me feeling a bit more connected to my family, who I miss daily. It has enhanced my self-identity, and shown me some options I thought did not exist for me. I have yet to activate the many tools I know will assist me, but, I feel safer, more hopeful and in control of my finances and pursuits.
Thank you for giving militay families such a good place. You could have served only Active Personnel and Veterans; You serve the whole family. Thank you.