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U.S. Marine Corps Capt. A.J. Bormann, a public affairs officer with Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installation East, assists his son as he shoots a Nerf gun at a mock shooting range during the unit's Kids Boot Camp at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on April 24, 2014.

How to help the kids cope with a pandemic PCS move

PCSing is about as much fun as a mandatory kickball event on a Saturday hosted by the company First Sergeant, and the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created even more confusion for you and your kids. To help you and your family survive and thrive during these trying times, we’ve compiled some steps to better prepare them for a PCS move during the pandemic.

U.S. Marines with Company C, Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, conduct an airfield seizure on San Clemente Island, California, as part of expeditionary advanced base operations training, Oct. 23, 2017, during Exercise Dawn Blitz. Dawn Blitz 17 provides an opportunity to train Navy and Marine Corps counterparts in establishing scalable and agile expeditionary advanced bases capable of expanding littoral maneuver capabilities.

Moving to Camp Pendleton?

PCSing to coastal California is a dream assignment to some: beautiful weather, an abundance of things to see and do, and the Pacific ocean! And yes… there is also a higher cost of living than many areas you may have lived before. It means being stationed at the home of the 1st Marine Division, the oldest, largest and most decorated division in the United States Marine Corps. It’s a large installation, spanning more than one county, and can be a different experience for many military families. So let’s dive in and explore your new duty station, then head over to PCSgrades.com to see reviews for base housing, neighborhoods, and more!

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Moving to Fort Hood?

You have orders to Fort Hood, Texas, one of the largest military installations in the country. Welcome to The Great Place! Fort Hood lives up to the saying, “Everything is bigger in Texas.” You will see this with the vast spaces, houses, CAV patches, as well as great traditions you will come to love.

Steve Buchanan on a ChooseVets moving job in Tacoma in 2015.


Our guest is Rick Marsh: Director, Defense Personal Property Program at U.S. Transportation Command

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Buying a house online: 6 tips for military families

The current home buying climate can be confusing to many military families who are preparing to move and want to buy a home. With so many worldwide uncertainties around COVID-19 and the DoD limitations on traveling, many military families are forced to rely on technology to find the perfect home. Buying a house online can be risky and intimidating.