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[…]

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[…]

The Amazing Benefits of Using the VA Home Loan

By Carla Olivo 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 to purchasing a home using[…]

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[…]

Give Yourself the Gift of Healthy Choices

By Claire Yanta-O’Mahoney Tis the season! The holidays are officially in full swing. This busy time of year is full of parties of all varieties: office parties, neighborhood parties, friend get-togethers, family gatherings and then Christmas itself! It’s a blast but it can also be stressful, especially when you know that tasty treats are around[…]

The Gift of Good Partners

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 met, or you might be missing those great[…]

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 of[…]

Out & About / Ft. Leavenworth

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 without having to pack up the car and[…]

A Note To Our Civilian Friends

“I don’t know how you do it.” Ask any military spouse, and they have heard a well-meaning civilian friend or family member say these words, usually during a deployment or on either end of a PCS move. And most mil spouses shrug off this compliment (is it a compliment?) just as their active duty spouse[…]

The Weighting Game

Article by: Rebecca Alwine You’ve received your orders and now it’s time to weigh your housing options for the next duty station. There are several things to consider when making this all important decision. Let’s start with this disclaimer: Each family is going to make their own priorities, for each move. Weigh Your Options There[…]