Shipping Out and Moving Around: A Resource Guide For Military Families

Military families are burden with financial and emotional worries that is uncommon for civilians.  The constant moving and the scams geared towards military families places them in a unique place. Even though there are hardships military families are fortunate to be one of a kind and to have a bond with those they may never meet. With these hardships there are programs and initiatives set in place to lessen them.

Moving Around

Military dependents are often faced with PCS (Permanent Change of Station) moves every three to six years. This means clearing the old house and financial preparing for a new one. For those that own homes this can be financial over whelming. Preparing is key to successful move. Parents should always discuss with children the reason their moving. They should listen and comfort all fears to help their transition as well. Service members can make PCS moves successful by going to transportation early, contacting the Military Family Center and visiting the finance office all located at your current duty station.

  • For the Youth: A great resource for military children of all ages that focuses on specific issues of military children.
  • Moving Tips: Military wives give advice on how to keeping a military move sane and not so overwhelming.
  • Moving and Relocation: Plan a successful move with this government supported tool.
  • Preparing Children: Parents can learn how to make relocating easier for children.
  • For the Army Family: Fort Bragg gives excellent advice for military families on the move.


When facing deployment, parents are tasked with easing children’s fears of separation. Deployment can be difficult for spouses as well. There is a lot that must be attended to when preparing for a deployment. It is essential for the finances to be in order and that spouses have power of attorney to conduct financial tasks. All branches require a family readiness plan set in place. The plan usually consists of emergency contact information, power attorney, financial and housing status, a will and more.

  • Coping with Deployment: The article provides way to prepare and cope for pre-deployment, deployment and post deployment.
  • Children and Deployment: A three part series to help families through time of deployment. In the series you’ll find help for preparing children, dealing with separation and reuniting.
  • Preparing and Managing: Learn how to prepare and deal with deployments through organization. The Department of Defense Pre-Deployment guide is available in PDF format.
  • After Development: This site is dedicated to supporting families and soldiers after deployments.
  • Financial Readiness: Basics for being financial ready for a deployment.
  • Marriage and Deployment: Advice for couples who are preparing for deployment. Tips for a successful marriage during and after deployment.


When it comes to education children are more effected by a military move. Children are confronted with the anxiety of a new grading system, different levels of education and the mere fear of peer expectance. The government has initiatives that make the transition easier for school aged children. Schools near military installations are trained to work with military students. There are also many programs for spouses and college age dependents to attend college or trade schools for free. Service members have the GI Bill for them and it can be transferred to dependents. Many states allow free tuition or nearly free tuition for service members and dependents.

  • Educational Opportunity: The Interstate Compact addresses the many issues that effect military children.
  • Education Assistance: Military One Source explains how the GI Bill Programs work.
  • Military Dependents: Get the information needed for military dependents to use the many educational benefits provided to them.
  • Special Needs: This article examines the needs and challenges of military families with children who have special needs.
  • The New School: Advice for making the transition to a new school.
  • Back-to-School Anxiety: Useful tips for elementary and upper level military dependent students to combat anxiety when transitioning to a new school.


Establishing credit can be difficult for service members and spouses due to not holding a residence for a significant amount of time. Service member’s experiences a gap in a cost of living when compared to their civilian counter parts. This can also increase financial stress. Not only do military families have to worry about finding affordable living when installation quarters are not available. They also must be aware of scams geared to military service members. There are credible programs that help members rebuild their credit and save for the future.

  • Military Saves: Military members can benefit from the Military Saves campaign to help achieve financial stability.
  • Army Emergency Relief: The Army Emergency Relief organization is the Army’s program that allows commanders to provide emergency assistance to soldiers and their family members.
  • Money Management: An incredible resource of financial information for military families.
  • Aid in the Air Force: Air Force members in need can use these assistance programs available on all Air Force bases.
  • Homeowners Assistance Program: All service members can benefit from the Department of Defense homeowners program when experiencing possible loss from selling a home.
  • For the Coast Guard: The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance program is a charitable organization providing financial support for Coast Guard members.
  •  Navy-Marine Corps: The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides interest free loans and grants for Navy and Marine service members during their time of need.
  •  Aid for Reserves: Reservist can find financial support through this non-profit program.

Emotional Help

Military families experience all sorts of emotions. From anxiety, fear and joy these emotions can take a toll on all individuals in the family. Dependents are faced with deployments, PCS moves, training and TDY (Temporary Duty Assignment). The constant separation requires mental, spiritual and emotional strength to successfully cope with transition.

  • Supporting Military kids: A comprehensive resource of PDF’s for educators, parents and children.
  • Emotional Support Crucial: A University of North Carolina study explores the importance of emotional support for military dependents.
  • Struggle of Military Children: An interview with two brothers that grew up in military families reveal the real struggles of military children.
  •  Family Life Consultant: This counseling service is provided by Military & Family Life Consultant program to supplement other programs.
  •  Spiritual Fitness: Families and soldiers can get support with this mind, body and spirit program.