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As soon as my active duty spouse leaves on deployment, the reality of his departure sets in. Of course, his farewell invites a visit from those pesky deployment gnomes, which means something unexpected will occur. Maybe the goldfish dies. Perhaps the washing machine overflows. Quite possibly, my car will have a flat tire. Within the first day or...

In the spring, Wallet Hub released an article titled, “2017’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees.” It wasn’t surprising in the least to see which states and cities ranked on top for the best of living post military retirement. Start Your Military Retirement Home Search In fact, any quick search of the best places for military retirees...

When I'm gathering with friends, one of my favorite things is sharing a story from this military life. Maybe it’s a tale of a unique neighbor? Perhaps it’s the saga of a keepsake ruined in a military move? Or, possibly, it’s a detailed description of the conditions of base housing? No matter what the topic may be, we end up laughing and having a...

From USAA Congratulations! You’ve survived the thrilling, exhausting and often overwhelming task of moving overseas. Your life has been shaken up and turned upside down like a snow globe over the past couple of months; now that the pieces are starting to settle, it’s time to start fitting them back together. Having to leave behind valued jobs in...

Despite what PCS officially stands for, nothing in the military is permanent, especially housing. The opportunity to try new-to-you options are always on the table. Take, for instance, home styles. If it’s been a struggle to find exactly what you’ve been looking for in a home, seek outside your normal scope and pick a style that offers something...

The town of Quantico, Virginia is surrounded by a military base on three sides and a river on the other. The original name of the town was Potomac but later changed to Quantico, which means “by the large stream.” With a population estimated around 500 people and only 11 streets, the town is unable to offer activities every week of the year. So,...

The military moving schedule has brought a new family to our street. Happy to be homeowners, our neighbors stated, “Thanks to a VA Loan, we were able to buy this home.” The willingness of our new friends to dive into the real estate pool prompted me to share details of this benefit for veteran homebuyers. Following are some commonly asked...

What if your daily commute was an easy drive? For our military family, a brief trek homeward after work would be a welcome change of pace. Rather than sitting in a long line of frustrating traffic, my spouse and I could make plans to do other (more enjoyable!) things, like head to the beach! The convenience of a short commute is a definite plus as...

Have you ever looked online to read accounts from landlords about their horrible tenants? Go ahead; I dare you! The stories are more than cringe-worthy and sometimes scary! If you’re a first-time landlord or timid about the entire screening process, MilitaryByOwner has you covered. Not only do we have a partner, SmartMove, who helps to identify...

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), located in Washington state about an hour south of Seattle, will give you access to outdoor activities like boating, hunting, fishing, hiking, as well as expose you to a great deal of culture. Two popular places to live near JBLM are Tacoma and Olympia. The two cities are very comparable in cost of living, things...