Finding Joy in Your Duty Station

By Rheanna Christine, PCSgrades Blogger Affiliate We all know that in military life we don’t always get what we want. We face deployments that happen at inconvenient times, last minute TDYs, over-night shifts and the dreaded “not anywhere on my dream sheet” PCS location. Blogs all over the internet talk about the worst duty locations, Read more about Finding Joy in Your Duty Station[…]

Rent VS Buy Military Families Need to Weigh Their Options

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications There are any number of reasons why in a given situation renting might be better than buying or vice versa. For military families, it might make more sense to buy at one duty station and then rent at the next. Up for consideration with each PCS is whether Read more about Rent VS Buy Military Families Need to Weigh Their Options[…]

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 Read more about Major Changes Coming to Your Military Retirement![…]

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 Read more about Costly PCS Blunders! One Military Family’s Tale[…]

Moving OCONUS – A Guide For Military Families

By Stacey Faris Through a three-part series, Moving OCONUS: Before, During and After, PCSgrades is going to help you 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 you land back stateside. We all know that no matter how Read more about Moving OCONUS – A Guide For Military Families[…]

The Amazing Benefits of Using the VA Home Loan

By Carla Olivo, PCSgrades Director of Strategic Communications Last year alone over 700,000 home loans were guaranteed by the Veterans Administration. Since this veteran benefit was created more than 70 years ago, some 22 million veterans have taken advantage of all the VA Home Loan has to offer. Zero $$$$ Down! There are many benefits Read more about The Amazing Benefits of Using the VA Home Loan[…]

When You Can’t Go “Home” For the Holidays

By Rheanna Christine During my life as a military wife, there has been many a holiday that I wasn’t able to go “home.” And I’m confident in saying that is true for a lot of military families. It’s a struggle for me especially since everything I feel about the holidays is steeped in tradition, and Read more about When You Can’t Go “Home” For the Holidays[…]

The Gift of Good Partners

By Carla Olivo, Director of PCSgrades Strategic Communications 2017 is upon us! The time of year where we take stock of what’s happened in our lives over the last twelve months and look forward to the year ahead. If this past year encompassed a PCS, you might be thinking about all the new neighbors you’ve Read more about The Gift of Good Partners[…]

Home for the Holidays – Give your Rental a Dose of Holiday Spirit

  It’s no secret that not all rentals are equal. Your last PCS may have been a smooth ride, or you could have hit a snag or two. And now it’s your first holiday season in your new rental except, it doesn’t feel like home yet. Jennifer Farlin, military spouse,mother of two boys and owner Read more about Home for the Holidays – Give your Rental a Dose of Holiday Spirit[…]

Out & About / Ft. Leavenworth

By Jenah Wieczorek, PCSgrades Director of Social Media It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ft. Leavenworth and Kansas City are beautiful year-round, but especially during the holiday season. Want to know about Christmas events, family fun, shopping, and more? Read on and Tis the Season! Staying Close The holidays can be stressful enough Read more about Out & About / Ft. Leavenworth[…]