PCS move resources for military families
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Advice, resources, tools
BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)
Military installation, community information
Pet transportation services
PCS military move books for advice & encouragement
Advice, resources, tools
Allconnect is a free online service that helps people find utilities, like cable, internet, electricity, etc. at their exact address.
This is a helpful resource for military families who want to find the best deals on utilities at their exact address, but don’t want to have to call their providers individually to set up service.
Blue Star Families & Whole Foods Market Free Pantry Starter Kit
Blue Star Families has a partnership with Whole Foods Markets to give a free pantry starter kit to military families who have recently had a PCS move. To claim yours, visit this link: bluestarfam.us/BSFWholeFoods
Relocating can be the most difficult part of your PCS, there is a house to find, a truck to pack and a country to cross. Don’t let setting up your home services slow you down. At InMyArea.com you can find, shop, compare, and save on High Speed Internet, Cable TV, Satellite TV, Utilities, Solar, Insurance, and Mortgage Rates.
The service Inmyarea.com/military offers is at not cost to military families. This includes free relocation consultations as well. Our goal is to help with the moving process any way we can without costing them any money.
It's time to move again. Make your move less stressful with our tips and planning tools. Pass time by exploring information about your new locale.
Move.mil - Official DPS portal
In an effort to make moving a little bit easier for you, the US Department of Defense (DoD) United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) developed the Defense Personal Property Program, or DP3. As part of the DP3 mission, an internet-based system to manage DoD household goods moves was created. It's called the Defense Personal Property System (DPS).
Learn about the INCONVENIENCE CLAIM for delayed pack out or delivery of your goods, resulting in additional expenses incurred for your military move. - LINK
The Ultimate PCS Guide to Packing Out (Article)
BAH for United States
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed service members with permanent duty within the 50 United States accurate and equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided. A uniformed service member stationed overseas, including U.S. protectorates, who is not furnished government housing, is eligible for Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA).
BAH for Overseas
The Overseas Housing Allowance compensates members for the majority of housing expenses. Comprised of three components: rental ceiling, utility/recurring maintenance allowance, and move-in housing allowance (MIHA).
Military installation information
Air Force Housing
Helping Airmen and their families transition to their new homes.
Association of Defense Communities
ADC builds resilient communities that support America's military. We are the connection point for leaders from communities, states, the military and industry on community-military issues and installation management to enhance knowledge, information sharing and best practices. With nearly 300 communities, states, regions, and affiliated industry organizations, ADC represents every major defense community/state in the nation.
Housing 1 Source (serving Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, and the Great San Antonio area)
Our mission is to provide a compassionate, comprehensive and professional relocation experience that is responsive to the unique needs of our service members and their families, and that strengthens family well-being and enhances quality of life.
Housing 1 Source assists military members and their families as they transition into a new home, community and duty assignment.
We offer an extensive menu of services including in-house apartment locating, real estate and title services, utility hookups and deposit waiver assistance, banking, insurance, mortgage, investments, home security services, broadband and wireless Internet, television, furniture rentals and sales, auto dealers, employment assistance and educational opportunities.
We provide all of these services and more, all under one roof and all at no cost to the military member or the DoD.
Military.com - Base Guides
Everything you need...in one place.
Find the essentials before you relocate and get more out of your community while you're there. Military.com Base Guides provide you with:
- Base Directories: find phone numbers for all on-base services fast
- Base Talk: get real answers from real people through local online communities
- Local Events and News: see what's happening in the area
- Reviews: find the best local restaurants and businesses
- Sections for Spouses, Vets and Retirees: connect with people in your community like you
Military In Germany
Travel and events for American families.
Military Town Advisor
Military Town Advisor is a PCS resource helping military families before, during, and after a PCS. Before your move, search for where to live, school ratings, and read military housing reviews. During your move, find a real estate agent and homes for sale or rent. After your move, explore your town by learning about great local businesses and fun things to do! Military Town Advisor is created by a military spouse to help other military families!
MilitaryTowns.com provides community information and military relocation data to help service members and their families intelligently choose and move to their next duty station.
My Base Guide
Our mission is to provide essential information to all military personnel and families relocating to a different part of the country. As a newcomer, you can find out about registration, rules, maps, and the history of the base's commands, installations, and units. You will also find a wealth of information regarding housing, employment, education and schools, health care and dental services, as well as community activities and recreation.
PCS America is a very targeted relocation network for the United States military community including active members, Guard and Reserve, the DoD civilian workforce, retirees, veterans, and their families. Over 200 US military installations and their local communities linked into one Network, plus nearly 100 Overseas installations!
PCS Grades seeks to be THE go-to service for all current and former military members and spouses when solving gateway problems during the PCS (move) process.
We are military families helping fellow military families, reinforcing the trust and integrity amongst our tight knit community. Our team is lean, agile, innovative, and aggressive. We feature must-have information and facilitate professional connections through a trusted 3rd party peer-to-peer ratings and reviews service. We provide a voice to our community that has not previously existed and accountability for the professionals we have to work with.
Pet transportation services
See also Pet Transportation Costs Assistance - LINK
Happy Tails Travel, Inc.
Since Happy Tails Travel was established in 1995, we have been working as a team with the live animal freight, shipping and animal cargo industry. We treat each pet's relocation as if we were moving our own furry four footed family member.
Changing Zip Codes
As a frequent mover, I am here to help you navigate through one of the most difficult and challenging situations of life: relocation. So, if you are tired of family members joking about your address changes, or you’re planning that first move out of your parents’ home, I am here to help. I will have tips and articles on everything from making new friends, to getting your house “showing ready”. Moving is hard but change is exhilarating. There are great things in your future. Be of good cheer.
Just Moved with Susan Miller
This section of our website is designed to bring hope, comfort and encouragement to all military women in their transition and adjustment of moving. It is written by and for military spouses, moms, those who are single and those who serve on active duty. As you read about women, like yourself, who are going through the same feelings and emotions, may it encourage you to know that you are not alone. As you hear their testimonies of God’s faithfulness, may it bring you hope. As you embrace God’s word from others, may it bring you comfort.
Your TriCare eligibility does not change when you move. But, certain things about your benefit may change once you move, such as your TriCare plan.
Please enter your profile so we can give you the most accurate information about what to do when you move. When selecting where you live, please tell us where you live now (where you're moving from).
PCS military move books for advice & encouragement
Return to Books for the Military Community & Supporters - LINK 25+ Books for Military Kids about Moving - LINK Military Move Bible Studies - LINK Benita Koeman of Operation We Are Here is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. When you purchase a product that is linked to Amazon, I earn a small commission which in turn helps me to continue with my mission of providing resources to the military community and military supporters. Learn more... After the Boxes are Unpacked
Moving on after moving in
Author: Susan Miller, Copyright @ 1998
More than 40 million Americans move each year, and studies show it can be one of the heaviest strains on a marriage. For women especially, relocating can be a traumatic event. With true stories, ingenious insights, and helpful hints, this great book makes transitioning smoother so women can get on with their lives. Those who are moving will find this valuable book as important as packing tape.
Searching for home in a life on the move
Author: Bekah DiFelice, Copyright @ 2017
Home, by definition, is where you feel comfortable, where you are established, where relationships are worn in and familiar. It is where you are known, a place to belong. It is a universal longing, but an elusive destination.
Why does life often move us far from this secure, primal comfort? We transfer to different locations or simply live unsettled in our own hometown. We rebuild, make new friends, find new jobs, and forge new ties. Our blanket of security becomes a whole host of unknowns. Underneath it all, sure as the evening taps, there is a homesickness for belonging.
What if this homesickness is not just a series of challenges to be overcome, but a vehicle for God to draw us to Himself? What if God is orchestrating our circumstances to bring us into the knowledge of who He is? What if all along He is inviting us home?
Is it possible to build a home in a life that marches to the cadence of constant change and transition? In Almost There, Bekah DiFelice, a military wife familiar with the impermanence of home, offers encouragement and wisdom to those who struggle with a search for belonging in a world where home is constantly shifting. God, the grand home builder with an eternal guarantee, invites us to build a home that resides in the privacy of our hearts, a settlement that is fundamentally immovable. If we put roots down in a God who is unchangeable, He promises to be a steady anchor in the unpredictability of life.
Changing Zip Codes
Finding Community Wherever You're Transplanted (devotional)
Author: Carol Stratton, Copyright @ 2012
When your entire life drives off in a moving van, it’s easy for doubts to flood your mind. Will I ever be organized again? Will I find good friends? Will my children like their new school? Carol Stratton has experienced twenty-two moves and counsels others seeking stability in a culture of change. In Changing Zip Codes, Carol helps readers explore the fun of new possibilities, the magic of new friendships, and the excitement of fresh starts. With humorous stories and biblical insights, Carol reminds us God is in the midst of every move, leading us to new beginnings.
Home Is Where God Sends You
Lessons in contentment from nearby and faraway
Author: Janet Benlien Reeves, Copyright @ 2013
According to Isaiah 40:28, God created the ends of the earth. What a coincidence! That’s where you’re going! At least it’s where you may think you are going if you’re getting ready to move. The good news is: God will go with you. He has promised to, and, better yet, He’s gone ahead of you. He created the place after all—wherever it is! This is the message of Home Is Where God Sends You, a daily devotional for women who are moving that encourages them to cling to Christ’s constancy in the midst of dramatic change. Women who move frequently can begin to lose hold of the roots and long-term relationships that help bring stability and support to both spiritual and family life. These women must discover unique ways to hold firm to their faith and identity in the midst of constant change. Home Is Where God Sends You encourages them to trust God daily as they adjust to new surroundings. As they read daily devotionals corresponding to the many phases of a move, they’ll learn how to find contentment by claiming God’s Presence as home wherever they go.
It's a spouse thing
Author: Julie Negron, Copyright @ 2010
The first few years of comic strips from "Jenny, the military spouse", as seen in the Stars & Stripes.
That Military House
Move it, Organize it, & Decorate it
Author: Sandee Payne, Copyright @ 2006
A complete guide to moving in the military. Loaded with tips and techniques to help you during any relocation. Use this book throughout your moving process and while you are establishing your new "home". Includes chapters on: Pre-Move Preparation, Packing and Unpacking, Floor Planning, Organizing, Decorating, Containerizing, Shopping, Painting & Sewing...and much, much more!