Veteran: Learn to live within means
In 1955, I was an army private with a wife and two boys. My pay was $216 a month, and I ran out of money on the 20th of each month.
I worked at three part-time jobs to supplement my income. The army provided no additional monetary allowance for my three dependants. Their policy was: “If the army wanted you to have a wife, they would issue you one.”
It never occurred to me to ask for government assistance. I accepted my status as a natural situation.