Friday, April 8, 2016

Ready to PCS? Best Resources for Military Families

Permanent Change of Station is a guaranteed part of life in the military;
what can you do to ease the stress associated with moving often?

If you are a military family, moving is a way of life. Over time you may get used to it, but that never lessens the amount of work that goes into planning so that it is as smooth a process as possible. Relocating to a new city that is often hundreds, or thousands of miles away from where you are is tough - there's no other way to describe it. The good news is that with the Internet we have more resources than ever at our fingertips, and  they can help make planning ahead a breeze! 

"No matter how many times we've moved, there's always some way to make part of the process go more smoothly the next time."

Here are some of the most trusted websites that military families use to help them relocate to new duty stations: At this site you will find extensive resources compiled under topics such as: moving guides, relocation guides, buying/selling/renting guides, homeowner/rental insurance, and more. 

MilitaryOneSource: An amazing resource that offers many benefits, their moving guide offers planning information, housing information, relocation support, overseas re-locations (OCONUS) and sponsorships.

Military Spouse: An extremely well-rounded website with resources for everything for PCSing, career, school, and money.  

Military Family from Many links included about the logistics of relocating, information about schools, acronyms associated with PCSing, and forms needed for reimbursement expenses.  

Military One Click: A comprehensive list with detailed information all hotlinked to its source! Buying, selling, mortgage information, BAH rates, and more.

Military Town Advisor: Want to know what other families are saying about where you are moving? Check out this resource designed by a military family and designed to be a useful guide that gives families the chance to connect through their experiences.

Career One Stop: finding employment as a spouse can be one of the toughest aspects of PCSing, this site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Lastly, if you have school-aged children, there are necessary steps to take in order to make the transition to new schools as smooth as possible. Start here for a great check-list

Do you have any moving tips/tricks to share? Other valuable resources? Please leave a comment!

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