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Allison sends this, "Recession Proof: Servicemembers are buying and charging more -- defying the U.S. economy." She writes:

I am a military officer and, in the middle of these troubled times, I bought a 47" LCD TV -- I guess I'm not alone. So, while others are scaling back, military members are doing their part to help the economy!

Which is not to say that military families have typically been living on Easy Street.