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OCONUS? Using Move.mil Should Be Seamless

If you have done a permanent change of station (PCS) recently, you've probably used the military's claims website Move.mil. Gone are the days of filling out forms through other means. It's now all … [Read more...]

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PCS Nightmare: When You Only Think You Rented a House

Imagine this one: you pull up to your new rental at your new duty station, ready to get the keys from the person who is supposed to meet you there. You feel like a PCS Ninja. Not only did you land a … [Read more...]

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How Do You Explain Your Hometown?

“Where are you from?”  “Um [slight pause]…well my husband and I are originally from Indiana, but we lived in Tennessee until just recently. Now we live in Georgia.” Does this sound … [Read more...]

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How I Bloom Where I Am Planted

I just moved back to the states. My family had the (wonderful, amazing, life changing) opportunity to live in Germany for three blissful years. I was able to ride a cog train up a mountain in the … [Read more...]

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11 Military Moving Tips From a PCS Pro

Practice doesn't make perfect when it comes to military moves, because the rules are always changing. But here are a few things I've learned over the past twenty years of moves. 11 Military … [Read more...]

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Military Towns Among Worst and Best Cities for Families

According to a new analysis military towns rank as both the bottom of the barrel and the cream of the crop among the nation's top 150 most populated cities. And I bet you can guess which ones go … [Read more...]

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OCONUS? Here’s How We Do Independence Day Overseas

Living overseas can make celebrating Independence Day challenging, to say the least. Due to OPSEC, we’re limited in how we can celebrate and where. I cannot proudly display the red, white and blue … [Read more...]

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My Diagnosis: PCS Fatigue

My husband and I are in the throws of yet another PCS. This of course means a to-do list a mile long. I usually create a calendar mapping out on which days I’m doing what to prep our home for … [Read more...]

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Need to Know: Shipping a Car for a PCS

Are you PCSing overseas or to Alaska or Hawaii this year? Then there is a pretty good chance you are going to let the Defense Department ship one of your vehicles there for you. And why not? It’s … [Read more...]

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I Couldn’t PCS Without My Entourage

I've always wanted an entourage. The thought of carrying around a Chihuahua in my tote and having a person style my hair while I’m holding my cell phone seems rather appealing. I’m kidding, of … [Read more...]

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Headache Incoming? PCSing This Summer

Moving industry experts say a change to how the Defense Department expects moving companies to organize their schedules around military moves could reek havoc on the upcoming peak moving … [Read more...]

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Lost $35k in PCS Family’s Own Fault?

Gold. Rare comic books. Social security cards and birth certificates. Gem stones. Savings bonds. Passports. These are just some of the items -- all told, valued at $35,000 the owners say -- that … [Read more...]

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BAH Changes and On-Base Housing: What it Means

You probably heard the news on Military.com last week that military leaders are working with privatized housing for two major changes. First, they are no longer going to be covering renters insurance … [Read more...]

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New DoD-Sanctioned Housing Site Now Live

A new website for finding rentals near military bases worldwide went live for service members late last month. Homes.mil is meant as a DoD-sanctioned replacement for AHRN.com, with which the DoD … [Read more...]

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More Countries Added to Same-Sex PCS List

If you're a same-sex military spouse life has gotten a lot easier for you in the last few years. Not only was the policy Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed, allowing for gay military members and their … [Read more...]

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Officials: TransCom Can Help With Car Reimbursements

Officials are warning the company in charge of shipping service member's cars to and from overseas duty stations that they need to have a viable plan for keeping things moving during the next peak … [Read more...]

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Cat Survives Month in a Box – What to Do if It Happens to You

A cat owned by a former Navy family who moved from Virginia to Hawaii survived a month in a moving box during transit. Yes, a month. In a box. Without food and water. And she lived. Mee Moowe … [Read more...]

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How to Throw a ‘Stories Around the Table’ Party

The funny thing about being stationed in Germany is, well, it's too big. There are 50,000 Americans in the Ramstein Air Base area. For someone who has moved as often as I have, you would think it … [Read more...]