Montana: Adam Keele #40dollars

What does $40 mean to you?
It's about the amount of money is costs me to drive to drill each month--and I have one of the most fuel efficient cars in the U.S. ('02 VW TDI) or it would be quite a bit more. I have to drive about three hours one way to service in my nearest Air National Guard unit and all expenses getting there comes out of my pocket. With health and life insurance, Federal and State taxes and a laughable contribution to my Trift Savings Plan also coming out of my Guard paycheck each month, there's not much left. I've come to the conclusion that this is the cost for good, affordable healthcare. I'm also a full-time student and this is the majority of my part-time income. It's going to be interesting when my Post 9/11 GI BIll runs out at the end of this semester and I have another year beyond that. It's a great benefit, but changing your major can really burn you--and to think I changed it to a major that will benefit society more than my previous one would. Every little bit counts.