One thing I am confused about in your statement...
How can you take a guy making 2 or 3 thousand a month, send him to Iraq, and expect his family to live on a thousand a month?
how is it that a person takes home 2-3 thousand a month but only a thousand goes home to the family of the serviceman? he/she is not going to need the cash in the war zone so where is the soldier/pilot/sailors money going if that is the case??