June 2017

There are 5 blog entries for June 2017.

You’ve finally gotten your orders, and surprise: you’re transferring to Pensacola, FL!

Wait a minute; I didn’t list Pensacola as one of my choices. I don’t know anything about that area, and now I’m moving my family there?

There’s an unwritten rule of military service: at some point, you’ll be sent somewhere you’ve never thought of going, and you’ll know nothing about that area.

But never fear: PCSMoves.com is going to help you figure out some of what you might need at your new duty station and how to get your family situated. Each month, we’ll cover different regions, served by the nationwide network of real estate professionals that make up PCSMoves.com

Pensacola is the westernmost city in the Florida Panhandle, a seaport on Pensacola Bay.

Tuesday, June 27 is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments yearlong. Mental health experts are not sure why some people develop PTSD and others don’t.

After a traumatic event, most people have painful memories. For many, the effects of the event fade over time. For others, the memories, thoughts and feelings don't go away, even within months or years afterwards. 

“Overall incidence of PTSD does not appear to have changed across the wars we have fought in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, nor has the severity of symptoms…We believe the disorder we now call PTSD has existed since wars have been fought, although identified by other names,”

It's definitely birthday season! The Coast Guard Auxiliary is celebrating its 78th birthday next Friday, on June 23. Congress established the Auxiliary on June 23, 1939, as the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Reserve. It was re-designated as the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary on Feb. 19, 1941.

When the United States entered World War II, 50,000 Auxiliary members joined the war effort. Many of their private vessels were placed into service to protect our country.

As of 2015, there were approximately 32,000 members in the Auxiliary, serving in 1,000 units.

Collectively, the Auxiliary contributes over 4.5 million hours of service each year and has completed nearly 500,000 missions in service to support the USCG. Its primary mission

Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day, commemorating the 1777 adoption of the United States’ flag. As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America is to be shown the utmost respect. However, Flag Day isn’t a federal holiday.

The respect of the flag also extends to its eventual retirement. The United States Flag Code states, "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

If you have flags to be retired, the following organizations collect them for disposal:

  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • The American Legion
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
  • Marine Corps League
  • Disabled American

Living the military lifestyle can be fairly nomadic, and it can have you living in environments you weren’t expecting. What if hot summer temperatures are a new thing to you? How are you going to get through these next few months?

The given way of being safe and comfortable is to stay hydrated and be indoors during the peak sun hours.

However, even the inside can get warm and uncomfortable. If you don't have air conditioning, here are five unconventional ways to stay cool this summer, from Katy Galimberti at AccuWeather.com.

1. Load up on spices.

While it may sound strange, eating spicy foods can cool your body down. The heat of a spicy dish will make you sweat and, in turn, cool you off naturally.

If that sounds too extreme, Nancy