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A Family Checklist for Moving OCONUS

When you receive orders for a permanent change of station overseas, your mind may jump to thoughts of international travel, exotic foods and new experiences. There is work involved, yes, but Military OneSource provides relocation assistance as well as online tools and personalized support so you can focus on your new adventure.

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Planning Your Move – The Essentials

As soon as you know about a move, you can start preparing your plan of action. Make lists and take inventory of your belongings so that when your items arrive at your new duty station, you can take accurate stock. You may have to wait some time for your belongings to arrive, especially during peak PCS season. In the meantime, carry your family’s essentials and communicate openly with your loved ones about the moving process.

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Making the Move Easier for Military Kids

Moving with kids can be a little like assembling a jigsaw puzzle. A little perspective and patience is needed for you to fit all the pieces together.

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Take Command of Your Move With These Tips

Moving can be the start of a great family adventure. As you get ready to pack up, consider these eight moving tips which can make your next move easier and allow you to focus on the exciting opportunities that await at your next home.

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PCS Moves in a COVID-19 Environment

When it comes time for your next military move, ensure that it’s a safe and successful one. Find out about new safety measures the Department of Defense has put in place to keep you and your family healthy and comfortable throughout the process.

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Handling a Deployment After a Recent Move

A deployment soon after a move can be challenging for a military spouse, but it also brings new opportunities to make new friends, spend quality time with your family, and become familiar with your new home and community. Military OneSource professionals can connect you with the support you need.

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Ways to Help Your Kids Cope with Moving

You’ve received your PCS orders. Between looking for a new home and packing, you’ll have another big job to do if you’re a military parent — helping your kids cope with moving.

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Make Your Final Military Move a Success

No matter the length of your military career, you’ve probably moved at least once. It’s always an adventure. For most service members leaving the military, either at retirement or at their end of active service separation, a final move at government expense is authorized.

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Moving After the Death of Your Loved One

Moving after the death of a loved one can be an important step toward creating your new normal. However, it can be emotionally exhausting.

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PCS and Taxes: Deducting Military Moving Expenses

Service members who move due to a permanent-change-of-station move may be eligible to deduct some of their unreimbursed moving expenses from their federal income tax returns. Most moving costs are covered by military allowances, so you’ll want to save your receipts and log your expenses to calculate any possible deduction at the end of the tax year.

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What to Hand Carry When You Move

Make the first days of your permanent change of station as smooth as possible. Important items should be carried personally, by hand, rather than going with a mover. From important documents to materials you need on day one, here’s what to keep close.