PCSgrades, in partnership with Shyft, The Home Depot, Radisson Hotels Americas, and US Logistics, is excited to announce the 5th place winner of their 2021 PCS Story Contest.

During the month of August, military and veteran families were invited to share their most memorable PCS story. Entrants had the chance to win a fully-funded PCS move from Shyft, a major gift card from The Home Depot, or 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points. After receiving hundreds of entries in the contest, a panel of judges evaluated the stories based on entertainment, inspirational, and emotional value.

We hoped to hear real PCS stories from real military families, and we certainly did! There were humorous stories of things that went wrong during moves, frustrating stories of families caught in the middle of changing orders, and downright spooky stories of getting lost in the middle of nowhere. We will be sharing the winning stories here on our blog over the next few weeks.

The 5th Place Prize is awarded to Army spouse Lisa Patton and her family! They will receive $750 in gift cards from The Home Depot, plus 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points to use during a future hotel stay. Their PCS story from a move during the pandemic shows the bright side of moving into an RV and enjoying travel time during a PCS move.

5th Place PCS Story:

“My favorite PCS has been from Virginia to Kansas. After getting diagnosed with breast cancer and then coming down with COVID, we were looking forward to 2021 and living life. We sold our home in may and moved in to our RV while our boys finished school. Early June we left on our road trip.

We did ALL the things. We traveled along the Eastern Shore, saw wild ponies at Chincoteague, took our RV on a huge ferry across the Delaware bay, drove real construction equipment at Diggerland, saw whales in Cape Cod, saw the USS constitution in Boston, and explored Acadia National Park. We even spent time with family in Myrtle Beach and Cincinnati. We traveled for 6 weeks all over the East Coast, and then made our way to Kansas.

It was a memorable experience and it was great family time together. We don’t often have nearly two months off of work to travel and explore. The Army gave us that opportunity this past summer and we did not waste a single day! 2020 truly taught us how precious life is. We get one life and we need to live it the best we can!”

PCSgrades, ShyftThe Home DepotRadisson Hotels Americas, and US Logistics are all happy that we can help during your next PCS move. Thank you for sharing your inspirational PCS story! Congratulations to the Patton family.

The PCS Story Contest judging panel included:
Besa Pinchotti of NMFA (National Military Family Association),
Cameron Cruse of R. Riveter,
Penny Bolden of Blue Star Families,
Lori Simmons of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Program,
Natasha Harth, the 2016 Military Spouse of the Year,
Whitney Armstrong of MSAN (Military Spouse Advocacy Network),
Sam Meek of Sandboxx, and
Maria Reed of Moving with the Military.