It’s that time of the year again. Lines at the Exchange are full of shoppers crossing notebooks, pencils, backpacks and new school clothes off of their lists. However, it’s not just children who return to classes at this time. Military members and spouses are also getting back to the books.
Growing up as a military kid, you develop a love-hate relationship with moving so frequently. As you get older, it is easy to say that you’ve moved enough and you’re tired of it. Going to university is a perfect excuse to say you’ll be settling down for a solid four years.
The world of volunteering can be overwhelming, even more so if you have children. We, as responsible parents, want to teach our kids to be generous with our time and resources, but we are sometimes turned away from serving if we have young children.
Moving is always a big undertaking, but when you or your spouse is a service member, it's a way of life. Even if you're a pro at box assembly and strategic bubble wrapping, you can still use a little assistance.
Quick tips for reducing relocation stress
If you have pre K-12 children, you most likely want to feel a connection with your children's school. You want to know the teachers; understand what's going on in class; and know how to interpret the art projects involving macaroni and glue, which is an interpretation of a Picasso painting.
During World War II, planners in the War Department realized that military service members needed a better banking system. By 1943, more than 140 military installations had banking facilities, and in 1947, services began in Europe and the Pacific.
You’ve probably heard the phrases “Loose lips sink ships” and “Careless talk costs lives.” These statements were printed on posters displayed throughout the U.S. during World War II as part of a campaign to remind servicemembers and citizens to stay mum about military activity.
Considering buying a home while stationed in Europe? Right now is a good time to look for homes to purchase. The recent worldwide economy fluctuation has created a surplus of homes for sale, so it is a buyer’s market.
It’s pretty simple to see how a motorcycle enthusiast moving overseas would get excited. First, look around. These rolling hills, historic destinations and scenic routes sprawling across Europe are just begging for an easy, weekend ride.
Perhaps you let go of a lot of your furniture to lighten the weight load before your last PCS. Or, you like to purchase new (or new to you) items when you arrive at your new duty station. That is understandable.
For servicemembers, a loving, resilient marriage is both a matter of personal happiness and family readiness. When family relationships are strong and healthy, servicemembers are better able to focus on their mission and their day-to-day duty requirements.