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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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, 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[…]

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

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[…]