Congratulations! Your orders are in, and you have one of the military's coveted "good deals": Hawaii, Germany, Japan. Your friends are jealous as you imagine all kinds of travel, food, and new adventures.
When the exuberant excitement of overseas orders inevitably begins to wane, the questions start to kick in. Which pieces of furniture will fit? Do I bring all my books or put them in storage? Is it worth bringing the piano? And one of the most crucial, do I bring my car or not?
Whether you love it or hate it, moving is a big part of being a military spouse. On top of the constant moves, there are the occasional less-than-ideal living circumstances you’ll find in another country.
As the assignment notifications begin to roll out for the upcoming move cycles, you may have been surprised to learn you won’t be heading back to the States. You’re one of the fortunate few to score a back-to-back overseas assignment.
A variety of factors affect whether or not dental care is available for the family of active-duty service members stationed overseas. These factors include facility location, branch of service, deployments and staffing fluctuations.
I walked through the rooms of our Texas home as if in a daze. My husband had presented me with orders to an OCONUS duty station a few days before, and I was trying to imagine what our furnishings might look like in European house.
Standing on an island of square tile in a sea of unpacked boxes, I did my best to fight off that familiar, overwhelming ache of homesickness as it began to fill my chest. For a moment, I found it hard to breathe.
When the holiday season comes along, do you feel excited, overwhelmed, happy or already tired from thinking of all the things that need to be done? Sometimes the holidays just “happen,” so to speak. We are on autopilot without really thinking about what we’re doing.