September 2014

There are 10 blog entries for September 2014.

PCS can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be! There are some simple steps you can take to make the process easier on your entire family.

One of the first steps is planning. Planning can put your mind at ease and help you know what to expect. Start researching schools in your new location as soon as possible. 

It is also important to start home searching as soon as possible. Choosing an experienced, trusted real estate agent who understands the needs of military families is an essential part of a stress-free PCS move. 

Break up the move into smaller tasks. Set smaller daily goals as part of the larger moving goal to help the move seem less overwhelming. 

Pack important documents by yourself. You could arrive at your new location before your

By planning ahead, you can find a neighborhood that works for you and your family. One of the best ways to find your perfect neighborhood when you PCS is choosing a real estate agent that understand the community as well as the needs of military families. 

Of course, if you have children, considering schools is a major part of choosing the right neighborhood. Researching schools can be a great place to start. For others, living near certain amenities is most important. 

For military families, a strong support system is vital, so it is important to find a friendly, close-knit community that can offer help and support as needed. If your real estate agent is experienced, he or she will be able to tell you details about the environment and atmosphere of

1.One of the easiest ways for a PCS move on a budget is to put a plan into place. Planning ahead can save you both time and money in the long run. Researching your new location can also be a great way to save money.

2. Decide as soon as possible if you will have a do-it-yourself move, partial military move or full military move. If you choose to schedule a military move, be sure you don't go over the weight allowance for the move. 

3. Take the opportunity to go through your old things. Sell things you don't need for extra cash you can use toward the move. 

4. Early real estate planning can make moving more affordable. If you know which home you will be moving to, you can save money on hotel costs waiting for home preparations. 

5. Be sure to

Moving with school-age kids can be especially difficult and emotional for the children. There are a few things you can do to help make the PCS process easier on everyone — especially your children.    It is important to choose the school that is right for your child. This is important for all children, but especially valid if your child has special needs. Also consider if the school offers clubs and activities, before and after school programs, tutoring or other special services your child may need.    Keep a binder with important educational documents like : samples of work, test scores, report cards, conference notes, copies of IEP, shot records, speech or occupational therapy summaries, copies of 504 plan and any other documents that could…

When you are ready to make your final military move, you can experience a mix of excitement and apprehension about the upcoming changes. Instead of going to a new duty station, you will be going to a new home. When you are moving, there are some resources available to make things easier. You can begin by setting up the details of your move with If you need assistance managing your move, you can visit the military and family support center to help you understand what your benefits are. 

For many service members at retirement of the end of active service, they are allowed a final move at government expense. These details can depend on a variety of factors, but you can view your details at a military family and support center, or

Finding a job after a PCS move can be difficult, but many installations have programs in place that can help. Before moving, there are some steps that can make finding a job in a new location easier. If you have a job that allows you to work from a distance, this could be an option for you without having to change jobs. If this is not a viable option, begin by updating your resume and contacting the employment assistance program at your new installation. Spouse Employment and Career Opportunities (SECO) consultants can also be a helpful source in assisting you with the job search. They can give information about educational and employment opportunities available to you in the installation.    After moving, there are several ways to continue your job…

A last minute PCS can be overwhelming, but there are a few steps you can take to make even last-minute transitions go smoothly. First, learn as much about the new installation and surrounding area as quickly as possible. This will help with finding child care, military spouse job searching, getting kids used to the idea of a new school and the entire family becoming comfortable with a new location. You also need to decide if you are going to have a do-it-yourself move, partial military move or full military move.    Also be sure to submit your change of address form with the postal office, pick up copies of family medical records, cancel local gym memberships and refill or transfer any prescriptions. A schedule with benchmarks to meet for each day…

There are several factors to consider when arranging child care. Quality child care is an important part of the support network for children of military families. When considering child care options, you should first consider your own child's unique needs. Children with special needs require special care and accommodations that must be considered when making child care decisions. Some children do better if they are in smaller groups and quieter settings while other children come alive in more active settings. It is important to make sure your child will be comfortable in the child care setting.    It is also important to consider location and hours. Do you want a child care location close to school or closer to where you work? Work hour are also an…

The possibility of frequent moving should not keep you from buying a home if you feel that you are ready to invest in one. The VA Home Loan program can be a great way for you to find a home mortgage with a good rate. There are several private banks, credit unions, loan companies and mortgage companies that are part of the VA Home Loan Program. VA guaranteed loans come with protection to the lender against loss in the event that the loan cannot be repaid. This guarantee takes the place of the protection that is usually offered by a mandatory down payment, which can help give you additional favorable financing terms. 
There are several benefits to getting a VA home loan may include the right to prepay your loan without penalty, negotiable interest…

PCS can be stressful for kids, but with the right combination of involvement and activity, you can make PCS fun and exciting for the entire family. One of the best ways to make the transition easier is to let kids get involved. Encourage them to do research on the new location or give them interesting bits of information about where your family will be living.    Military Youth on the Move can be a valuable tool for kids and teens of PCS families. Some tips for getting gets involved in the PCS process involves allowing kids to help pack their own things, letting them say goodbye to friends and creating blogs or social networking groups to stay in touch with friends after moving.    Long flights or road trips can be boring for kids, but you can…