Is an Unaccompanied Tour in Your Future?

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Strategic Communications Director I always said I would never willingly be separated from my husband and luckily for us, most circumstances allowed us to make a choice to be together. The closest we came to even considering being separated, aside from mandatory deployments, was when he was assigned at the last[…]

Major Changes Coming to Your Military Retirement!

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications A major overhaul of the military retirement system that will go into effect in 2018 is raising a lot of questions and a few big concerns. Some are wondering how the new plan affects them while others are asking if it’s really an improvement over the current[…]

5 Go-To Lifesavers When Traveling with Kids

Whether you are PCSing, hitting the road to house hunt, or for a spring break getaway, traveling with kids can be a challenge. Proud Partner Amy Rowland of Play Across America offers us her expertise for riding long distances with the little ones. And, we might add, she is the quite the expert as she[…]

Moving to Hampton Roads? What Military Families Need to Know!

  By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications So you are headed to Hampton Roads! The Hampton Roads area, often called “military-centric” is the birthplace of Colonial America and has the largest concentration of military installations of any metro area in the world. Nearly a fourth of the nation’s active-duty military personnel are stationed[…]

Your Next PCS Doesn’t Have To Be A Disaster

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Let’s face it; no matter how often you do it, moving is stressful. Having all your worldly goods packed up and hauled away wears on the best nerves. Saying goodbye to family and friends, leaving your favorite book club or bunco group, having to part with the[…]

Tips for Interviewing a Realtor

By Julie Provost A few years ago we decided to buy our first home. We used my husband’s VA loan, and we were able to find a nice house near where we were stationed at Fort Campbell. Having never bought a home before, the process was very new but went well, and I think having[…]

Moving OCONUS – A Guide For Military Families Part 2

Part 2: Enjoying your time while prepping for the future. By Stacey Faris Through a three-part series, Moving OCONUS: Before, During and After, PCSgrades is here to help you to navigate the ins and outs of an OCONUS move from the minute your spouse walks in and yells “Kon’nichiwa!” or “Guten Tag!” to the time[…]

Honoring Black History

By D’Antrese McNeil In 1976, then President of the United States, Gerald R. Ford extended African American week to a whole month observance. His explanation was that our country needed to take advantage of the chance to honor what he felt were the neglected accomplishments of African-Americans in our nation’s history. Celebrate the Good! For[…]

3 Words That Change Everything in a Military House

  By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Stategic Communications Director “We’ve got orders.” Three very powerful words that can be good news or dreaded news for a military family. My husband usually didn’t even have to say it. I just knew by the look on his face. It was time to move….again. I have to admit. Most of[…]

Costly PCS Blunders! One Military Family’s Tale

By D’Antrese McNeil PCSing can be one of the most stressful, unnerving, and sometimes even fun experiences a military family can go through. But one thing’s for sure, they always cost you real money. For the most part, the expenses associated with moving are supposed to be “covered”, but we all know it doesn’t always[…]