When you’re preparing for a military move, having a pet can add another layer of complexity, particularly if you’re moving overseas. But you know the drill: spend some upfront time planning and preparing, and you can ease some of the stress of relocating for both you and your pet.
The military and Department of Defense have options for domestic abuse victims to look out for their pets’ safety along with their own.
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.
Consult your military service branch for additional help with entitlements and claims associated with your temporary or permanent change of station move.
Getting rid of old or unused medicine is a tricky issue. Throwing it in the trash might pose a risk to a child or pet that finds it, and flushing it might hurt the environment. Keeping it “just in case” or for another time isn’t safe either, as expired meds don’t work as well and can even be harmful. Keep your family and community safe by cleaning out your medicine cabinet periodically. Take the following steps.
When you’re relocating, Military OneSource specialty consultants can assist you with personalized support every step of the way – whether you’re PCSing or transitioning out of the military. Consultants are trained in military moves, so they know how to help.
MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.
Help keep your family safe by developing a family emergency plan so you are prepared for whatever comes your way.
As a member of the armed forces, your service member has the opportunity to live and work in new and different places around the world. And while moving every three or so years is part of the adventure, adjusting to a new community can also present some challenges. That’s where military sponsorship comes in.
Your support can go a long way in easing the stress of a military move. Even if you live too far away to watch the kids or pitch in with the packing, there are ways you can make it easier for your loved ones to prepare for a PCS.
As a service member, your military benefits entitle you and your family to stay at military lodging around the world. From cottages at the beach and cabins in the mountains to world-class resorts, there are plenty of affordable destinations for a great trip.
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.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Department of Defense participates as a way to raise awareness through a servicewide campaign. The resources on this page will help you as service providers and leaders.
Family Readiness is a critical issue for the Department of Defense. Quality of life and family matters are priority issues for the secretary and the services. The department's ability to assist service members and their families to prepare for separations during short and long-term deployments is paramount to sustaining mission capabilities and mission readiness.