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If you’ve ever looked up care package ideas for your service member, you’ve probably seen posts on “Open When” letters. While technology has certainly made it easier to communicate when apart, sometimes it's nice to get reminders from the people we love during times that they're not there. “Open When” letters give you the ability to spend a little time dedicated to making sure your loved one knows how you feel, that you support them, and that they are special.

The best part about “Open When” letters is that they are not just for service members. The idea behind the letters is to write a bunch of them and mark them for when to open them. But service members aren’t the only people who need some words of support from time to time. Service members can

Summer is winding down, and maybe you already took all the big vacations you could. Or maybe you just made a move and aren’t familiar with your new home.

This is the perfect time for a staycation. The staycation is a vital component to sanity offering the perfect blend of quality family time, low-stress levels, and they are traditionally easier on the wallet than the standard vacation. Anyone can take one, and the best part is you can take one for a week or just a weekend. 

Here are our ideas to inspire your next staycation:

1. Seek Water

Pond, lakes, the ocean, swimming holes, or the pool on base on in your backyard. Seek out a place to swim. Play games, float and relax, have a cannonball contest, or make a day of a hike to a local spot. The

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: 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

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

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We’ve all heard the horror stories- the waiting, the delays, the full trash can that gets packed by the movers. PCSing has a bad reputation.

Focusing on the good in a situation can help you get through the not so good parts. We want to remind all the military families we know about the positive aspects of PCSing. So here is our short list. Please let us know what you would add! 

New Home

 You know how you hate the mud pit that is the back yard or the wall that you share with your (very loud) neighbor? Well, that’s about to change. New duty station, new housing. And whether you choose on or off base, buy or rent, now you have a chance to possibly find something you love about a new place to call home.

New Area to Explore

My friends

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It is scientifically proven that moving becomes more challenging with each additional family member added.  Alright, we totally made that up, but in the case of moving with little ones, we don’t feel like it would be too hard to prove that theory. For such tiny humans, babies and toddlers have a significant amount of power in the family structure. And they are not afraid to wield that power, as evidenced by the power meltdowns we’ve all witnessed.

So how do you make a move easier when there are littles involved? Here are our top tips for keeping tots (and you!) sane during a PCS. 

1. Take lots of small bites.

We’re not actually talking about food, but the business of getting a plan and putting it into action. It’s unrealistic to think that

It's that time of year - colleges are sending out their acceptance letters and students are furiously approaching deadlines for scholarships. When you're in the Military there are many challenges outside of the average that families face when they're looking for funds for their student. We know PCSing and being on the move can often mean a child wants to return to another state for college - and that can be costly! We've found a great resource for you via the folks at MilitaryOneClick that breaks down the steps you should take to make sure you're at the front of the pack for financial aid!

Here they are! (via


The best resource is the Scholarships for Service search function from Fisher House. From here, you and

We’ve talked about the importance of having a hobby as a way to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another deployment project: cooking your way through an entire cookbook. Click here to read our last blog post about scanning all of your old photos.

Recipes are easy to come by these days. They’re in books, magazines, on Facebook, there are entire websites devoted to recipes, and you can get tried and true recipes from family members. But to make this project work, you’ve got to put yourself on a recipe diet: pick out one cookbook and stick with it, only cooking dishes that come from one book until you’ve made your way through its entirety.

If the idea sounds familiar to you, it’s how Julie Powell

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Domestic Violence Awareness Project defines domestic violence as, “A pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.”

For more information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline's information page: Is This Abuse? Get the Facts.


We’ve been talking about the importance of having a hobby to keep yourself busy during your spouse’s deployment. This week, we’re talking about another project idea: photo scanning.

Depending on your age and the size of your family, you might have totes full of photo albums or loose photographs stashed away in a closet. Over time, pictures can fade or become stuck together. By scanning and saving them now, you can preserve those family memories.

There are services you can hire to scan your photos for you. You can find them online by searching, “photo scanning services.” However, with a moderate cost for some simple equipment, you can do the same thing yourself on your schedule.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • A computer
  • The hard drive of

In the United States, next Monday, the 11th, is known by a variety of names: 9/11 or National Day of Service and Remembrance, when we remember the people that lost their lives that day in 2001.

Here at PCSMoves, we call it by the name on our calendars: Patriot Day.

If you would like to participate in an event, in memory of an individual loved one or all the people that were affected, here is a list of some events taking place:

  • Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 9 AM on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Main Post Parade Field. The ceremony will be held at Hercules Gym on Pope Army Airfield in the event of inclement weather.The ceremony will include a wreath laying by local firefighters and police