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By Amy Nielsen

Yesterday I took a trip down memory lane, on a quick and somewhat unannounced visit to my relative’s house.

We recently moved closer to home than I have lived in nearly 15 years. Many of the people I saw yesterday had never met my daughters, who are school age now. In bringing my daughters to meet family in this unassuming way, I was apprehensive of the reception we would receive. My extended family can be overwhelming, and overwhelmed, upon first meeting.


Short PCS? Always Unpack

By Jenna Moede

When you move every few years, and sometimes every few months, why bother unpacking?

Military families know that a PCS lurks around every corner. And some spouses have given up on making their house their home.


Look for Employers Who Will Pay Your Tuition

Looking for a job?

Try applying to a company that will not only employ you, but may also help you earn a degree.

There are a lot of well-known, national companies who offer tuition reimbursement as part of their employee benefit package. In fact, 83 percent of companies surveyed by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in 2015 said they offer educational assistance or tuition reimbursement.


Amenities on Base Help New Spouses Feel at Ease

By Jenna Moede

When I first married my husband I remember driving on base and feeling like a fish out of water. I’d come on base many times before with family members, but this time felt different.


PCS ... boosts PHC (Permanent Habit Change)?

By Christine Cioppa  

New Year's Eve resolutions fizzle? Not to worry. Your next permanent change of station may help you make new habits stick! A new study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, found that a residential relocation causes such a disturbance in old habits, at least temporarily, that people are better able to change undesired behaviors.


Military Spouse Attorneys: Does your state have relaxed licensing rules?

It’s no secret that military spouses experience plenty of barriers as they try to maintain full-time careers and frequently relocate due to PCS orders.

For many, the choice becomes to either stay where they are and keep the current job, or keep the family intact and risk not getting a job in their chosen career at the new duty station. But, why should they have to choose between the two? They shouldn’t! And thanks to the work of the Military Spouse JD Network, fewer attorneys have to make that choice.


Zika Virus: What Women Need to Know During PCS Season

By Christine Cioppa

Pregnant woman, and those trying to conceive, beware: you don’t have to be in a country where the birth-defect-causing Zika virus is found to be at risk for the virus. It can be passed along sexually by men who get infected from a mosquito bite while out of the country

And with PCS season and multiple, overseas, joint exercises coming in the next few months, there are a lot of military families that will be traveling to Zika infected areas.


Get Your Career Back on Track, Despite All the PCS Moves

There is one big reality check staring me straight in the face as my husband nears retirement after 26 years in the Army: How am I going to get a job?

 

I worked full-time throughout the first half of his career, from Hawaii to Georgia to North Carolina to Okinawa to Korea. Then we had kids, and coincidentally started moving more frequently. My work in the past 13 years has included freelancing and part-time jobs, with a couple of years of full-time employment here and there.

 


PCS, More than Planning, Preparing for Goodbye

PCS season is coming.

And leaving, is tough.

I’m not talking about prepping for the moving company, making that long drive or flight or collecting all the medical, school and military records. I’m talking about leaving.

Walking away from friends.

Visiting your favorite local restaurant for the last time.

Turning the key in the door to a house you may have felt the most comfortable in.

Looking around this small piece of the Earth and knowing that you may never step foot here again. Ever.

It’s hard.


The Wandering Life: Moving Overseas This Summer? Start Planning, Now

It’s only January, but it’s never too early to talk about PCS’ing.

Moving overseas brings with it a whole new set of challenges. Chances are, if you are moving abroad, you are going somewhere you’ve never been. Where they speak a different language, have different holidays and religious customs and eat foods you’ve never heard of before.

But before you even worry about all that, you’ve got to get yourself and your family and your pets packed out of your current duty station.

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