October 2016

There are 4 blog entries for October 2016.

We haven’t welcomed trick or treaters, and Thanksgiving seems so far away, but one thing that is going to sneak up on us is the holiday mailing deadlines for shipping packages and letters or cards to friends and loved ones overseas.

If you plan on sending holiday mail, the US Postal Service has some upcoming deadlines you need to know!

 The quickest approaching deadline for guaranteed delivery overseas for anything going USPS Retail Ground is November 7, 2016. Priority Mail and First –Class Mail, letters, and cards have a deadline of December 2 or 9 depending on the APO/FPO/DPO ZIP. Lastly, Priority Mail Express Military Service is available until December 16 for some, but not all, ZIPs. 

For more info about the delivery of holiday mail,

One of the harder parts of a PCS happens after all the boxes are unpacked. When you are no longer busy with all the details of the move, you come out from under your pile of boxes and emerge from the house and realize you’ve got to find some support, connections, and friends. Being new in town is a challenge, but the good part is you are not alone, and there are plenty of ways to find friends. 

1. Facebook 

Facebook is not a good substitute for real friends, but it is a great place to scope out what is happening around you and plug into the social calendar of your base or town.

2. Classes

If you are a military spouse interested in learning, enrolling for classes is an excellent way to meet new people. It doesn’t have to be college- you can try

Fall is the perfect time to look for a good book to read on cool evenings. Whether you are a lover of real books or an e-Reader, these books pop up again and again on military spouse recommendation lists to read. From fiction to relationship advice, this list has something for anyone and is geared to the military spouses who hold it down at the home front. Check any of these great books out and if you have a recommendation, leave us a comment! 

The 5 Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret to Love That Lasts

By Gary Chapman and Jocelyn Green 

The 5 Love Languages is a famous book for understanding the different ways that people express love. This edition gears it towards the military. If you’ve never read this book, do yourself, and your

Facing the first big storm of the season, Hurricane Matthew is barreling through the islands south of the US and threatening the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Virginia. Ready.org is the FEMA and disaster relief information site many of us rely on, but there are also specific resources for each branch of the military.

The following links will direct you to your respective branch and serve as a resource for the specific information you will need as a member of that branch, including how to prepare, what you may need to do after an emergency, and the information for who to contact for questions or assistance. 

Feel free to share this information with military friends, family, and neighbors to help spread the word on being prepared and staying safe!