San Antonio, TX September 29PCSgrades, in partnership with Shyft, The Home Depot, Radisson Hotels Americas, and US Logistics announces the winners of their 2021 PCS Story Contest. 

Military and veteran families were invited to share their most memorable PCS story, for 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. 

PCS Story Contest Winners

The Grand Prize is awarded to Nancy Eberhardt. Her family will receive a fully-funded move from Shyft, plus 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points for her PCS story about moving with four children, a flat tire, a lost hotel reservation, and a chimney full of cockroaches. 

The Runner Up Prize is awarded to Cheryl Van Camp. Her family will receive a fully-funded PCS move from Shyft and 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points. She will also receive free vehicle transport from US Logistics during her next PCS move. Her story was about flying from Hawaii, losing children, a last-minute van rental, and getting hit by a truck. 

3rd Place is awarded to Danielle Gibson. Her family will receive a $1,000 gift card from The Home Depot and 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points to use on future hotel stays. Her story involved a newborn baby, lengthy hotel stays, a broken air conditioner in the car, and purchasing a total of 7 new tires after various unfortunate events. 

4th Place is awarded to Manda McVey, who will receive a $1,000 gift card from The Home Depot and 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points for future hotel stays for her story about their cross-country adventure and a child’s lost squishmellow pillow.

5th Place is awarded to Lisa Patton, who will receive a $750 gift card from The Home Depot and 300,000 Radisson Rewards Americas Points for her story about a 6-week PCS trip in an RV traveling all over the East Coast.  

6th Place is awarded to Katelynn Heavilon, who will receive a $750 gift card from The Home Depot for her account of selling their home quickly, only to have the Army change their orders and leave her scrambling. 

7th Place is awarded to Hannah Schetrompf. Her family will receive a $500 gift card from The Home Depot for her story about how her Marine husband taught the family to be “Semper Gumby” after a blown tire impacted their PCS plans.

8th Place is awarded to Kari Novak. Her family will receive a $500 gift card from The Home Depot for her story about moving alone, dealing with moving company and paperwork disasters, and feeling utterly defeated by a broken bed. 

The 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.

For more details about the PCS Story Contest and rules, please visit https://www.pcsgrades.com/dity-contest-terms

About PCSgrades

PCSgrades is an online platform that supports the biggest relocation needs for military members, veterans, and military spouses through trusted community insights and access to the best real estate resources.

About Shyft

Shyft is the #1 moving marketplace headquartered in Miami. We are building a community of Shyfters that, enabled by technology and the promise of long-term hybrid working models, can now live anywhere. And we’re empowering them to Shyft everywhere through our network of over 400+ moving companies and lifestyle providers across 68 countries. 

About The Home Depot

The Home Depot is proud to be the world’s largest home improvement retailer. In 2,300 stores across North America, we aspire to excel in service – to our customers, associates, communities and shareholders. The Home Depot has everything you need to make your move easier, including moving boxes and supplies, truck rentals, and storage solutions.

About Radisson Hotels Americas

Radisson Hotel Group Americas includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Individuals, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson. We focus on delivering individualized guest service, offering stylish designs that reflect each unique location authentically, and creating vibrant social scenes in our hotels’ welcoming public spaces. 

About US Logistics

US Logistics is America’s premier POV auto transport company.  We work with military and government relocation companies nationwide and internationally, so we know what it takes to keep your family on track and on schedule.  USL is a proud supporter of the military.  All active and retired military members receive a $100 discount towards their move.  Our service includes door to door delivery, and all vehicles are insured during transit.  Visit www.uslcars.com to get your quote today!  Mention you were referred by PCSGrades to receive your discount.