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  1. Advance Pay: The Payday Loan That Isn’t

    Your PCS orders have finally arrived!  Look out!  Here comes your “friend” to give you the inside track on how to make a little money at the government’s expense.  “Advance pay, man!  It’s an interest-free loan from Uncle Sam!  Invest it, dude, or get that computer you’ve been looking for. ...
  2. Relocation, New Friends, and Long Distance Friendships

    A host of recent studies have examined the effect of frequent relocation on children and adolescents.  Military families relocate significantly more often than civilian families, and service members’ kids are not the only ones affected.  Leaving close friends and established support networks, and bidding farewell to friends as they leave for...
  3. A Guide to Understanding Deployment

    Being a parent can be a difficult task in itself, but being an active duty military parent can not only be complicated, but also strenuous on a family unit. The United States Armed Forces have taken precautionary measures to insure the safety and well-being of all military dependents. Why The...
  4. Preparing for an Overseas Move

    Receiving orders to relocate overseas can be exciting and intimidating all at the same time. For some, the prospect of moving to a foreign country can be scary-how will I communicate? Will I see be able to visit family? Will I be able to acclimate to a new culture? However,...
  5. Our Top Picks for the Next Station We Head to.

    As we head into 2+ years of Army service now, my husband is getting ready to reenlist. And this means that we have to decide where we might like to be next. Obviously that doesn’t always work in the military. For instance, where we are now. We did not choose...
  6. Rent vs Own: Housing in the Military

    Four years ago, we owned our own home as civilians. My husband was out of the Marines, we’d moved back to our hometown, and felt like we were ready to buy. Two years later with the housing market crash and dead end jobs, we realized it was a very poor choice. We...
  7. Making the Best of a Duty Station You Didn’t Want.

    Two years ago, I waited with breathless anticipation for where my husband would get his first official station from the Army. Six years before in the Marines, he’d been stationed at Camp Pendleton and I moved there, then he got out of active duty and we moved home. There was no choice...
  8. 5 Tips on Preparing Your Home for a PCS

    PCS or permanent change of station. For the vast majority of military families, this happens at least once in an enlistment. For career military it happens more often. Besides a deployment, this is one of the biggest changes in a military families life. It means often moving across the country...
  9. Best Duty Stations

    There are many different types of places a Military member could get stationed. My husband is in the Army. We have been stationed at three different Army posts. During the last seven years I have met many people who have been stationed at many of the other Army posts throughout...
  10. Tips for PCS

    Prime PCS season may be a few months away for most military families, but you never know when Uncle Sam will send your loved one home with travel orders in hand (just ask me how I know). It’s never too early to start thinking about organizing your next PCS.  And...