Of course he didn’t. Nor did he tell you what the cost to get to the Base would be. Being new to the Corps you did your job and followed your orders.
So now you are 3 hours from Base with 4 hours before your report time. A little stressed out eh? Here is some help from the All-Points Family which we think will be appreciated by our troops:
1. The costs incurred by you on a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) are fully reimbursable if you remember to get your receipts and submit them once you are settled on Base. This means that you can stop worrying about how much it is going to cost and can stop looking for the cheapest way possible to get there fast. You are serving your country and they should be doing everything to provide you with service right back right? All-Points does – thats why you ride in clean vehicle with a professional driver who carries your bags, and then stops to buy you something to eat for the trip, and then stops for you along the way to stretch your legs. And we will make sure you get your receipt.
2. So, you still may have a challenge: sure you will get reimbursed but perhaps you are a little strapped for money since the party you had before embarking on this trip to a new station. All-Points will let you pay half now and pay the other half on your next pay day!
Does anyone else do this? No, they do not. Why does All-Points? Because we are diferent and we have pride in the people who are putting their lives on the line for us. To us it is very simple – most service providers seem to forget the American Way – we never did.
Here is a little story sent to me from a Marine we provided service to a few weeks ago. I liked it because it tells a lot about character – some things people do because they never gave any thought to doing anything else. It was the ONLY course of action so it came naturally to them. It’s one of the guiding principles we had when we founded All-Points – Do the Right Thing.
Why we are a great nation.
This is a little-known story from the Pentagon on 09/11/2001:
During a visit with a fellow chaplain, who happened to be assigned to the Pentagon, I had a chance to hear a first-hand account of an incident that happened right after Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.
The chaplain told me what happened at a day care center near where the impact occurred. This day care had many children, including infants who were in heavy cribs. The day care supervisor, looking at all the children they needed to evacuate, was in a panic over what they could do. There were many children, mostly toddlers, as well as the infants that would need to be taken out with the cribs.
There was no time to try to bundle them into carriers and strollers. Just then a young Marine came running into the center and asked what they needed. After hearing what the center director was trying to do, he ran back out into the hallway and disappeared. The director thought, ‘well, there we are, on our own.’
About 2 minutes later, that Marine returned with 40 other Marines in tow. Each of them grabbed a crib with a child, and the rest started gathering up toddlers. The director and her staff then helped them take all the children out of the center and down toward the park near the Potomac and the Pentagon. Once they got about 3/4 of a mile outside the building, the Marines stopped in the park, and then did a fabulous thing – they formed a circle with the cribs, which were quite sturdy and heavy, like the covered wagons in the Old West. Inside this circle of cribs, they put the toddlers, to keep them from wandering off. Outside this circle were the 40 Marines, forming a perimeter around the children and waiting for instructions. There they remained until the parents could be notified and come get their children.
The chaplain then said, “I don’t think any of us saw nor heard of this on any of the news stories of the day. It was an incredible story of our men there. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. The thought of those Marines and what they did and how fast they reacted; could we expect any less from them? It was one of the most touching stories from the Pentagon.
Remember Ronald Reagan’s great compliment:
“Most of us wonder if our lives made any difference. Marines don’t have that problem.”