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Category: Plan My Move
Topic: Overview

The SITES program you are about to explore will:

This section of SITES gets you started with general information and self-guided tools to help you relocate. It is highly recommended that you contact your local Relocation Assistance Program for more detailed information, personal assistance, assessment of needs, and referral to local agencies

Topic: Relocation Assessment

SITES offers you the ability to create customized booklets of relocation information. In this assessment, you'll indicate topics of interest to you during your relocation. After completing the assessment, your booklet will be customized to include general information pertaining to your situation as well as specific information provided about your installation/destination. Read through the list of Categories, Topics and Helpful Moving Tips "tipsheets". Indicate which information you want to be part of your Relocation Booklet and click submit. You may download and save or print your booklet directly.

Topic: Customize My Relocation Book

You can customize your SITES booklet by doing the Relocation Assessment (see link at left). As you go through these topics ask yourself questions about your particular moving needs. Will you be traveling separately from your family? What are the needs of your children? Do you have pets? Do you have elder care needs? Are you moving your own household goods? Then check the appropriate boxes which apply to your particular situation. At the end of the topics a SITES booklet will be prepared for you to download and print. It contains information from various sections of SITES that provide the information you requested. You can make as many booklets as you wish. For example, you may make a separate booklet for your teenager, or you may print separate booklets for various installations, if you are in the process of researching your next assignment.

Topic: Working with a Sponsor

Settling into your new location and your new unit takes time. SITES is designed to assist you with the information about your new location and the Sponsorship Program can be very helpful with the unit information. Sponsors can really make your transition smoother.A sponsor is someone from your new unit who is assigned to you to assist you in settling into your new location. A sponsor is sometimes assigned through your unit, and sometimes through the Relocation Assistance Program or the Family Center function at your new installation.

A sponsor's duties include:

Questions to ask your sponsor:

If you have not been assigned a sponsor, or have not been contacted as of yet, request one by contacting your Family Center Relocation Assistance Program at your new installation, or the commander of your new unit.

Sponsors' responsibilities and abilities to be available will vary from installation to installation, depending upon the priority which the installation and unit commanders give to the program.

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Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Sponsorship web site: Sponsorship Gateway to Europe. Only for soldiers on assignment to USAREUR installations.
  2. Military.com: Has useful PCS and relocation information. v.2, 2/22/05

Topic: Going Overseas

Overseas moves create additional challenges and opportunities for the service member and the family. Often, if the family can accompany the service member overseas, they do so at a later date making the planning even more critical as there are housing, school, and employment issues etc. There are things which the whole family should do when you learn about overseas orders.

Why learn about your host country's culture? Culture is the way of life of a people passed down from one generation to the next through learning. What you observe about a culture is the behavior of the people. In order to have the most successful, enjoyable tour you should try to understand the beliefs, values and thought patterns upon which this behavior is built.

Keep an open mind and enjoy the new experiences. Overseas assignments should be an enriching experience for all family members. If things get tough, try to remember that you are the vistor.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Stars and Stripes Newspapers: Access currect editions for European, MidEast and Pacific newspapers.
  2. Allowances and Entitlements: Per Diem Committee's official web site with information on allowances and entitlements, travel regulations and lodging and dining programs.
  3. U.S.State Department: This site is designed to provide support to U.S. citizens who find themselves needing assistance before or after traveling overseas; they also provide visa and passport information as well as country specific information.
  4. U.S. Marine Corps: Geared to enhance the knowledge of Marines by providing information about the military community, current events, statistical data and other support groups available to them and their families.
  5. Army Travel Lodging:Designed to help individuals in the military community find travel information on Army installation lodging.
  6. Navy Lodging: Provides fast free travel and lodging information to military service members.
  7. Air Force Lodging: This user friendly site was designed to help you locate an Air Force Base nearest to the location in which you are visiting; fast and easy.
  8. U.S. Navy: This site is designed to aid U.S. Navy Sailors and their families with current events and programs offered to them.
  9. U.S. Customs: The U.S. Customs Service supplies information on all the most current regulations and frequently asked questions that will help you understand the process.
  10. U.S. Army: Geared to enhance the knowledge of soldiers by providing information about the military community, current events, statistical data and other support groups available to them and their families.
  11. U.S. Air Force: Geared to enhance the knowledge of airmen by providing information about the military community, current events, statistical data and other support groups available to them and their families.
  12. DoD Housing Referral: Access to rental properties worldwide as well as other useful information on finding affordable housing.
  13. Air Force Crossroads: Providing Air Force members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources.
  14. Lifelines: Providing Navy members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources. v.3, 4/11/06

Family Relocation Checklist

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Onesource : A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  2. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command : The web site contains useful information in the form of pamphlets, weight calculators, and inventory management tools. Click on Personal Property for all your household goods needs.
  3. Per Diem and Transportation Allowance Committee : Access to information on your housing allowance, COLA, per diem, dislocation allowance (DLA), and mileage rates.
  4. Air Force Crossroads :Providing Air Force members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources.
  5. Lifelines : Providing Navy members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources. v.2, 2/4/05

Topic: Single and Relocating

Don't get lonely during the move. Keep in close touch with loved ones and good friends. And be sure to make new friends as soon as possible.

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Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Onesource : A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  2. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command : The web site contains useful information in the form of pamphlets, weight calculators, and inventory management tools. Click on Personal Property for all your household goods needs.
  3. Per Diem and Transportation Allowance Committee : Access to information on your housing allowance, COLA, per diem, dislocation allowance (DLA), and mileage rates.
  4. Air Force Crossroads : Providing Air Force members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources.
  5. Lifelines : Providing Navy members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources. v.2, 2/14/05

Category: Plan My Budget
Topic: Relocation Allowances

It can be difficult to understand your military pay, allowances and entitlements applicable to your move. Uniformed and civilian employees have different allowances and entitlements. The Defense Accounting and Finance web site has complete information on pay and travel benefits for both uniformed and civilian employees.

The best place to directly access the travel regulations and for frequently asked questions on travel and moving allowances is at the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee web site.

Topic: PCS Cost Estimator
Use the Relocation Budget Planner in this section to calculate your actual and estimated expenses. Resources that you can use to look up your allowances and entitlements are:

  1. Defense Accounting and Finance (DFAS) for complete information on military and civilian pay and travel questions.
  2. Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee has up-to-date information on all travel regulations and reimbursements.

Topic: Travel Advances

Travel advances are available to all military personnel. You need to carefully plan if you are considering taking advanced pay. Advances will be repaid through a series of deductions from your pay at your new assignment. Advances may typically be requested ten days before signing out of the losing unit. The funds will be deposited into the service member's checking account, so do not close the account when leaving the installation.

If an advance is not requested, entitlements will be paid after completing the move and filing the travel voucher, and payment can take several weeks. Rules change frequently, but here is a summary of potential travel advances.

PCS Travel Advances: When making a PCS move, service members can request advance payment of 80% of the DLA, MALT, and per diem amounts. The remainder will be paid upon processing of the travel voucher filed after the move is completed. This money does not have to be repaid, if the proper paperwork is completed. It can go a long way toward paying the initial cost of setting up household in the new location. Advance Basic Pay: is an interest-free loan you can get when you make a permanent change of station move. The collateral is your military salary and you repay advance basic pay in 12 equal installments. Advance Basic Pay is available for both CONUS and OCONUS moves. A member may draw up to 3 months basic pay in advance, interest free. Your base pay and finance offices can provide more details specific to your situation.

Advance Basic Allowance for Housing: is an advance against your normal BAH to help you cope with the costs of rental housing off base. This is available for CONUS and OCONUS moves. For CONUS moves up to 3 months' BAH is available and for OCONUS moves up to 12 months' BAH is available. Note: unit commanders must authorize advances in BAH. Payback requirements are determined by the length of the tour.

Advance Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA): is an advance against any projected OHA to cover the difference between the cost of economy rental housing and the BAH. Except in unusual cases, advances are limited to 12 months OHA. OHA should not exceed one year's allowances.

Helpful Websites:

  1. DoD's Official Military and Civilian Pay : Describes all pay and benefit issues for military and civilian members of the armed forces.
  2. Military.com : Has useful PCS and relocation information.
  3. Allowances and Entitlements : For all allowances and entitlements.

Topic: Budget Planner

There are many tools available on the Internet to help you plan your Budget or you can print off this form. Take it to your relocation/financial counselor at your Family Center for professional assistance. This Relocation Budget Planner is the secret to staying in financial control throughout your move.

Keep your Relocation Budget Planner up to date as estimates become actual costs, and as your assumptions change.

Topic: PCS Allowances and Entitlements

Listed below are various allowances and entitlements associated with most CONUS and OCONUS moves with a brief description of each. DO NOT ASSUME that you will receive any of these allowances. Allowances change periodically. Please check with the finance office on your installation to determine the exact amount of your allowances and entitlements.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH): is an allowance to offset the cost of housing when you do not receive government-provided housing. Your BAH depends upon your location, pay grade and whether you have dependents. BAH rates are set by surveying the cost of rental properties in each geographic location. The rates are established such that members in each pay grade, independent of location, pay approximately the same out-of-pocket expenses.

Overseas Housing Allowance (OHA): is an allowance to offset the cost of housing for service members living off base overseas. Rates are determined by rank and whether or not the military member has dependents. OHA rates have three components rental ceiling, utilities/recurring maintenance allowance and move in housing allowance (MIHA).

Dislocation Allowance (DLA): is intended to help with miscellaneous moving costs. In general, it is paid once per PCS move. DLA is available CONUS and OCONUS. It is based on your rank and dependent status. DLA is not available from home to your first duty station; when assigned to government quarters, without family members, at new duty station; when transferred to a nearby duty station, unless a local move of household goods has been pre-authorized; and when separating or retiring from the military.

Monetary Allowance in Lieu of Transportation (MALT) "mileage": is the amount paid when a member and/or the member's family drive to their new duty station, based on the Official Military Table of Distances. MALT is available CONUS and OCONUS. It is figured on a table of miles times the number of travelers and approval is needed before MALT can be paid for more than 2 vehicles. May be advanced at 80% before the move, and is paid by travel voucher.

Move-In Housing Allowance (MIHA): is designed to reimburse you for overseas costs associated with living in privately-owned or privately-leased quarters. It addresses 3 specific needs?one-time rent-related expenses, modification of homes for security protection and the initial cost of making a home habitable. The State Department determines whether a location is "high threat". This is available OCONUS only. MIHA rates change with currency rates and location so see your base relocation manager.

Per Diem Allowance: is designed to reimburse you and your family for the costs associated with meals and lodging when you travel to your new duty station. Per Diem is available for both CONUS and OCONUS moves. Per diem rates for car travel are based on a flat $99.00 rate. The military uses 350 miles per day as the standard one-day travel distance to compute per diem rates. To determine the number of days per diem, take the Official Government Mileage between duty stations and divide by 350. An additional day of travel is allowed if the remainder is 51 miles or more.

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Helpful Web Sites:

  1. DoD's Official Military and Civilian Pay: Describes all pay and benefit issues for military and civilian members of the armed forces.
  2. Military.com : Has useful PCS and relocation information.
  3. Allowances and Entitlements : For all allowances and entitlements.
  4. Per Diem Committee BAH: BAH rates are published.
  5. Per Diem Committee OHA: OHA rates are published.
  6. Defense Accounting and Finance (DFAS): contains complete information on military and civilian pay and travel questions. v.2, 4/11/06

Topic: 92 Tips for Spending Less

If you think there's no way you can cut back on your spending, think again!

Here are 92 ways for you to do it. Spending less can really help dig you out of a financial hole. Many say it's the best way to save, but you have to persevere every time you buy.

Saving money by spending less isn't brain surgery, but it does take discipline. The main ideas are: shop wherever possible on sale, deal or discount; buy value, not price; take care of the things you own; be especially careful on large purchases; never buy on impulse (always plan your purchases); compare prices whenever possible and pinch pennies -- they soon become dollars.

To get going, highlight the section where you think you have the most potential to save and print it. Or print the entire section and display it for the whole family to see. We guarantee you'll find a few new ideas in here that will work for you!

Entertaining and Fun

Clothing

Food and Groceries

Furniture & Appliances

Gifts

Household

Do your own yard work and landscaping.

Telephone

Transportation

Utilities

Vehicles

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Category: Plan My Housing
Topic: Community Housing

Finding suitable, affordable housing at your new assignment is a challenge. There are many web sites available to help you with this task. Some of the most comprehensive include:

Prior to securing rental community housing at your new location, check with the installation housing referral office to ensure the lease you are signing has a military deployment and orders clause that will safeguard your commitment to the lease should you be ordered away.

Topic: Government Housing

Each Service manages its own housing. For the most up-to-date information on government housing visit the following websites:

For specific information on housing availability at your destination installation, click Select Installation on the navigation bar above, go to your installation, and view Category Housing, Topic Government Housing.

If you are currently in government housing, see your installation housing office prior to moving to schedule an inspection in order to vacate your house.

Topic: Schools

Moving with school age children is complex and requires research. Military Student is the most comprehensive website for military children's education needs. You can find links to DoD schools --stateside and overseas -- information on public education, research on the best techniques for moving with children, and much more. Generally, if you are stationed stateside, your children will attend schools in the community around your facility; but, there are some Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools. If you are overseas, most children attend the DoD schools on the installation. Another comprehensive resource for researching school information is the Military Child Education Coalition.

Other web sites to consider are:

Topic: Neighborhoods

Researching a new location down to the neighborhood level is available on the internet. It is always a good idea to do as much pre-research as possible, since house hunting trips are difficult to plan in the military. Your first resource should be this SITES data base, click on select installation, and then research the local community information by category and topic available for over 300 bases worldwide. Other resources include:

Topic: Costs of Renting

The 25% income formula determines the maximum rental the average person should be comfortable paying. Of course, only you know what other expenses you have and the amount of rent, which is comfortable for you.

Some other considerations to take into account include:

Before you get your lease you will go through several steps in the renting process:

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Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Relocation Central: Focused on apartments nationwide and rental furniture providing personal service and area tours.
  5. Landlord Tenant Law in the U.S.: Rental law and consumer protection in the United States by State.
  6. DoD Housing Referral: Access to rental properties worldwide as well as other useful information on finding affordable housing. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Renting a House

The 25% income formula determines the maximum rental the average person should be comfortable paying. Of course, only you know what other expenses you have and the amount of rent, which is comfortable for you.

Some other considerations to take into account include:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Relocation Central : Focused on apartments nationwide and rental furniture providing personal service and area tours.
  5. Landlord Tenant Law in the U.S.: Rental law and consumer protection in the United States by State.
  6. DoD Housing Referral : Access to rental properties worldwide as well as other useful information on finding affordable housing. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Property Management

Many military families choose to rent their homes rather than selling the house when they PCS. Keeping a home in the old location can serve multiple purposes - it could be an investment property or a home to return to.

Owner's Responsibilities:

Property Manager's Responsibilities:

If you are using a professional property manager, it is important for you to have a written agreement with the property manager you choose. This agreement should include:

Tenant Responsibilities:

Lease Preparation:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Buying a Home

Buying a home is a huge undertaking, and doing so when you may be moving again in three years makes planning your decision that much more critical. You might consider hiring a real estate broker to help you in your search. This individual is known as a Buyer-Broker and they represent your interests, not, those of the seller. You might also consider getting "pre-qualified" for a mortgage loan, so that you know what you can afford.

DETERMINE YOUR HOUSING NEEDS AND PRICE RANGE

What you need in a house depends on:

Visit the Area and See Homes

Select Home and Make Offer

Negotiate and SIGN the Contract

Your offer should include:

Closing Process:

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Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Realtor.com: The official web site of the National Association of Realtors. Provides search for realtors by city and state. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Mortgages Made Easy

Loan Types:

Questions to Ask any Prospective Lender:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Lendingtree : Allows for comparison of mortgages and you can apply on-line as well as financing options for cars and other needs. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Finding a Rental Apartment

Due to the nature of the mobile military lifestyle, the majority of families live off the installation in rental apartments. It is important to make good decisions when finding an apartment.

Methods of Finding an Apartment:

Tips for Finding a Rental Apartment:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Relocation Central : Focused on apartments nationwide and rental furniture providing personal service and area tours.
  5. Landlord Tenant Law in the U.S.: Rental law and consumer protection in the United States by State.
  6. DoD Housing Referral : Access to rental properties worldwide as well as other useful information on finding affordable housing. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Selling your Home

Factors Which Affect The Value Of Your Home
Location, Location, Location:
You cannot change the location of your current home, assuming it is not a mobile home, but consider location in any future purchase.

Condition:

Price:

Negotiating and Concluding a Sale

Evaluating the Offer
Essential Elements for Agreement:

Factors Affecting Price Consideration:

Buyer's Ability to Perform:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Working with/ Real Estate Broker

Remember: You will be listing your home with the broker, and the agent is merely an agent of the broker. All other real estate companies in the Multiple Listing Service are sub-agents of your broker, and their fiduciary relationship is with you, the Seller. That's why it is so important to choose a reputable broker who sells a lot of homes in your area.
Contrary to popular opinion, your agent most probably will not sell your home personally. His/her job is to make the other agents and the public aware of your home and to assist you in presenting your home in the best light possible to compete favorably with competing listings. It is a good idea to interview 2-3 agents when listing your home. Have each of these agents prepare:

This will let you know how they plan to list and sell your property as well as insight as to the most likely sales price.
Tools for getting your home sold that a broker should use and that you should look for in their marketing plans:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Veterans Administration: VA Home Loan Guaranty benefits and services. v.2, 2/14/05

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Topic: Single Family Homes vs. Condos

Before you make the decision whether to invest your money in a single family home or a condominium, be sure to explore the market where you will be buying. Is this a market where condominiums are popular? In some locations, the market is very good for condominiums, and in others, the idea has never really caught on. Especially if you know that you will be relocated again within five years or so, you should be aware of the market in your area. There is almost always a market for single family homes, except in areas where the market has so inflated their values that few can afford them.

What is a Condominium?

Good News and Bad News About Single Family Homes and Condos
In a Single Family Home:

In a Condominium:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Realtor.com: The official web site of the National Association of Realtors. Provides search for realtors by city and state. v.1, 2/22/05

Topic: Homeowners Assistance Program
What is the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP)?
HAP is a Congressionally mandated program providing special relief through financial assistance to eligible military and civilian employee homeowners impacted by adverse real estate markets due to base closure or realignment.

Who is eligible for HAP?
Eligibility requirements may vary from installation to installation based on program approval dates and specific parameters for each program. If you meet any of the general requirements below it is advised that you submit an application for formal determination.

How does HAP work?
HAP benefits are available in the following 3 ways:

Government Acquisition: The Government can purchase your home for 75% of the value on the day prior to the realignment/closure announcement date or by paying off the mortgage, whichever is greater. Additional benefits include reimbursement of mortgage interest, taxes and hazard insurance.

Private Sale: The Government is able to reimburse you for part of your loss from selling your home. An eligible applicant may be reimbursed in connection with the private sale of the dwelling in an amount not to exceed the difference between 95% of the appraised fair market value of the property on the day prior to the announcement date and appraised fair market value of such property at the time of the sale or the sales price, whichever is greater.

Foreclosure: If you have defaulted on your mortgage the Government can provide you assistance. If lenders have foreclosed on the property AFTER the announcement, you may be reimbursed for the amounts you paid out as a result of the foreclosure.

How do I apply?
You can apply at the Installation Housing Office, any office your Commander has designated, or the HAP regional office once HAP has been approved for your community. You will need the following documents to apply:

Helpful Web Site:

  1. The Sacramento District HAP office : Describes the program and procedures. v.1, 3/07/05

Topic: Finding Schools for Children
Finding the right schools to fit your children can be a challenging task. It is one of the most important considerations when deciding where to locate, especially if there is more than one school district in your new hometown.
There are a few rules that can help you to target the right schools for your children:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Child Education Coalition: The military child coalition is a clearinghouse of information important to parents researching the educational needs of a child. It includes military and school links.
  2. Department of Defense Education: Provided by the Department of Defense school system this site focuses on the history, success rate, student testing procedures and much more.
  3. After School: Helping individuals interested in the growth and development of children between ages 6-18 by providing information on how to obtain funding for an event or after school activity.
  4. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  5. Great schools: Provides objective information on public, private and charter elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Government Quarters
Temporary Living Quarters:
Arranging for housing before departure and upon arrival is a very real concern and proper planning can relieve stress. Many installations have limited temporary quarters and most Services have temporary lodging contracts. To find temporary quarters on the installation requires you to contact the billeting office at both the departure and destination area locations. Information on booking temporary quarters can be found in the Helpful Web Sites below.

Clearing Government Quarters:

To Secure Government Family Housing at Your Destination:
Finding housing at your destination is still an individual task that requires you to contact the housing office at your new installation. You can connect to your Service's website and find the information for government housing. The Service's website provides information on government housing, see Helpful Web Sites below.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Army Travel Lodging: Designed to help individuals in the military community find travel information on Army installation lodging.
  2. Navy Lodging : Provides fast free travel and lodging information to military service members.
  3. Air Force Lodging : This user friendly site was designed to help you locate an Air Force Base nearest to the location in which you are visiting; fast and easy.
  4. Marine Corps Community Services: Provides information on Marine Corps temporary housing.
  5. Navy: Provides information on installation housing
  6. Army: Provides information on installation housing.
  7. Marine Corps: Provides information on installation housing.
  8. Coast Guard: Provides information on installation housing. v.2, 2/14/05

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Topic: Selecting a Broker
For help in selecting a realtor in an unfamiliar area:

To select a company, some of the criteria you can use are:

Working with the agent:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Home Store: Designed to provide comprehensive nationwide information on buying, renting, building, moving and improving your new home; free credit reports and pre-approval for home loans are also available.
  2. Home Fair: This site is designed to provide its customers with valuable moving tools such as a moving calculator, special reports, realtors and more.
  3. Monster Moving: Geared to aid customers with moving needs by providing storage quotes, reservations, help finding professional movers and truck rental services.
  4. Realtor.com: The official web site of the National Association of Realtors. Provides search for realtors by city and state. v.2, 2/22/05

Category: Plan My Travel
Topic: Travel by Air

Before planning your travel, check with your transportation office on your installation regarding procedures for obtaining official travel tickets.
Making airline reservations, plotting a route, and finding temporary lodging are among the myriad of details necessary to your move. Here are some resources:

Topic: Travel by Car

When traveling in the U.S., Europe and the Pacific there are excellent sources for driving directions and trip planning found on the Internet. They are:

All of these sites have driving directions. You should check the directions from more than one source as occasionally the mapping programs have errors. Remember, when planning the number of days for your trip, the military considers 350 miles a "day" of travel.

Topic: Lodging The Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee, has the links to all the government lodging programs available on and off the installation for military and civilian personnel. At this web site, you may also research travel and transportation allowances and entitlements such as your daily per diem rate worldwide. Lodging can be handled through:

Topic: Travel Emergencies Checklist

An emergency in-transit can happen to anyone. You can be prepared to handle unforeseen problems along the way with a little pre-move planning.
PRE-MOVE PREPARATION:

ITEMS TO TAKE WITH YOU

TIPS FOR THE ROAD

EMERGENCY RELIEF (ER): Emergency relief agencies of the Services gives loans or grants for approved emergency financial needs for food, rent, utilities, transportation, vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical/dental expenses, and personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen. You may apply for emergency relief assistance at any installation. If there is no emergency relief section, you may go to any of the following: American Red Cross Chapter or other branches of the military. All branches of service have inter-service agreements to assist any military individual.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Army Emergency Relief: Provided by the Army for emergencies worldwide.
  2. Air Force Aid Society: Provided by the Air Force for emergencies worldwide.
  3. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: Provided by the Coast Guard for emergencies worldwide.
  4. Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: Proved by the Navy/Marine Corps for emergencies worldwide.
  5. American Red Cross: Provides for immediate assistance in times of national and international emergencies.
  6. USO: Provides for emergencies worldwide. v.1, 3/10/05

Category: Plan My Timeline
Topic: Relocation Calendar

Are you overwhelmed at the idea of moving? Don't know what to do first? Visit the Relocation Plan for a comprehensive checklist by week of important tasks. This will help you organize your thoughts and your tasks.

Topic: Relocation Schedule
You can make a detailed schedule for your move, but unless everyone involved is part of the planning, the move will be fraught with extra stress and problems. The Right Start has tips for successful scheduling.

Topic: The Right Start
Moving is always a challenge, but there are steps you can take to make it easier.
Here are suggestions that many families have found useful at moving time. If you make it your own, things are guaranteed to go more smoothly:

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Topic: Relocation Plan

Congratulations! Here's the core of your moving plan. If there are fewer than 13 weeks until you arrive, steps in weeks prior to the current week should be completed. If there are a lot of these, don't panic but DO swing into action.
The steps are grouped by week, so you can build a daily timetable that works for you. As you do this, take into account that different steps will take differing amounts of time.
Week 1: Things to do this week

Week 2: Things to do this week

Week 3: Things to do this week

Week 4: Things to do this week

Week 5: Things to do this week

Week 6: Things to do this week

Week 7: Things to do this week

Week 8: Things to do this week

Week 9: Things to do this week

Week 10: Things to do this week

Week 11: Things to do this week

Moving Day & Things to do the week of Moving

During the Move

After Your Arrival: Things to do

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Category: Helpful Moving Tips
Topic: Job Hunting Spouses

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Spouse Resource Center: A U.S. Department of Labor sponsored web site designed to provide spouses of active duty and reserve members easy access to information, resources, and opportunities related to education, training, and employment within the United States.
  2. Military Spouse Career Center: a one-stop resource for military spouse employment needs.
  3. Employment Readiness: Geared to the military spouse this site provides job search links, resume writing tools, and a variety of other helpful links.
  4. Air Force Crossroads: Providing Air Force spouses with employment information as well as support groups and forums.
  5. Lifelines: Spouse employment information can be found in Navy Lifelines by searching spouse employment or going to self help info, click on careers and employment, then on spouse employment.
  6. Military Spouse JobSearch: designed to enhance the employment opportunities for spouses connecting them to military friendly employers worldwide. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Moving with Infants
It is important to be watchful of the little ones during relocation.Very young children are:

While the packing and unpacking are in progress:

For infants:

For toddlers:

Care, feeding, and resting:

Include your children in your plans for the new area:

Help them fit in:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. ZERO TO THREE: A non-profit organization; this site promotes the well being and development of children by providing various resources and links designed to educate parents.
  2. Child Care Aware: Geared to the working parent this site helps you find quality childcare in your area.
  3. Child Care: This site was designed to better inform individuals about the benefits of the government child care program.
  4. Healthy Parenting: Provides military specific parenting resources including access to Family Advocacy Program, chaplains' programs, and medical clinics.
  5. National Network for Child Care: Understanding Children's behaviors when in the process of moving to a new home.
  6. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone. v.2, 2/14/05

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Topic: Moving with Children
Coping with Children's Concerns

Let Your Youngsters Help with Moving Preparations

Community Programs

Schools
When you have selected the school your child will attend:

Moving Day Suggestions

When You Arrive

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Department of Defense Education: Provided by the Department of Defense school system this site focuses on the history, success rate, student testing procedures and much more.
  2. After School: Helping individuals interested in the growth and development of children between ages 6-18 by providing information on how to obtain funding for an event or after school activity.
  3. Military Teens and Kids on the Move: Provides exceptional advice and guidance to moving with teens or children for both parents and the children themselves.
  4. Military Child Education Coalition: The military child coalition is a clearinghouse of information important to parents researching the educational needs of a child. It includes military and school links.
  5. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  6. Great Schools: Provides objective information on public, private an charter elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states. v.3, 4/11/06

Topic: Moving with Teenagers
Pre-Move

Facts about Teens:

Things we can do to assist teens:

Post Move
Things you can do to encourage the adjustment:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Department of Defense Education: Provided by the Department of Defense school system this site focuses on the history, success rate, student testing procedures and much more.
  2. After School: Helping individuals interested in the growth and development of children between ages 6-18 by providing information on how to obtain funding for an event or after school activity.
  3. Military Teens and Kids on the Move: Provides exceptional advice and guidance to moving with teens or children for both parents and the children themselves.
  4. Military Child Education Coalition: The military child coalition is a clearinghouse of information important to parents researching the educational needs of a child. It includes military and school links.
  5. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  6. Great schools: Provides objective information on public, private and charter elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states. v.3, 4/11/06

Topic:
Leaving Teens Behind

Sometimes relocation coincides inconveniently with the plans of your older children. Particularly if a young person is in (or just entering) his/her senior year of high school, or just entering, it may be necessary to consider leaving the child in the old location to finish the year. Or the situation may arise that a favorite sport or activity, at which the teenager excels, is not available in the new location. This also may necessitate leaving the child behind to receive special instruction.

Listen to Your Teenager:

Costs:

Communicate:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Department of Defense Education : Provided by the Department of Defense school system this site focuses on the history, success rate, student testing procedures and much more.
  2. After School : Helping individuals interested in the growth and development of children between ages 6-18 by providing information on how to obtain funding for an event or after school activity.
  3. Healthy Parenting: Provides military specific parenting resources including access to Family Advocacy Program, chaplains' programs, and medical clinics.
  4. Military Teens and Kids on the Move: Provides exceptional advice and guidance to moving with teens or children for both parents and the children themselves.
  5. Great schools: Provides objective information on public, private and charter elementary, middle and high schools in all 50 states. v.3, 4/11/06

Topic: Moving with Pets
In addition to the stress that people in your family experience, you must look out for the welfare of the critters that your family has adopted: your family pets.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command: Provides information on military transportation matters such as personal household shipping status.
  2. Smart Web Move: Smart web move allows active duty Navy and Marines to learn their entitlements, apply for their household goods shipments on line, and fill in a customer satisfaction survey.
  3. Air Force Crossroads : Pets and Relocation Section provides numerous resources on pets and travel.
  4. Department of Agriculture-Traveling with Pets: Rules and regulations about transporting all kinds of pets. v.3, 4/11/06

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Topic: Traveling with Pets by Plane

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) (formerly known as Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) : The web site contains useful information in the form of pamphlets, weight calculators, and inventory management tools. Click on Personal Property for all your household goods needs.
  2. Smart Web Move : Smart web move allows active duty Navy and Marines to learn their entitlements, apply for their household goods shipments on line, and fill in a customer satisfaction survey.
  3. Pet Transporter : Frequently asked questions regarding pet travel and resources are answered.
  4. Department of Agriculture-Traveling with Pets: Rules and regulations about transporting all kinds of pets.
  5. Animal Health and Welfare of the UK: Information on the rules for transporting pets to the United Kingdom. v.2, 10/18/05

Topic: Separations - Tips for Member

Related Topics in Your Installation's Information:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  2. Deployment Link: Provides many links such as family team building and military readiness to help service members and their families deal with the stresses of deployment.
  3. Air Force Crossroads Family Readiness and Family Separation: Numerous links for members and their families who are separated due to deployments, remote assignments, extended TDYs, natural disasters, and professional military education requirements.
  4. DoD Deployment Connections : Discusses every aspect of preparation for deployment and reunion for service and family members. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Separations - Tips for Family

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  2. Deployment Link: Provides many links such as family team building and military readiness to help service members and their families deal with the stresses of deployment.
  3. Air Force Crossroads Family Readiness and Family Separation: Numerous links for members and their families who are separated due to deployments, remote assignments, extended temporary travel, natural disasters, and professional military education requirements.
  4. DoD Deployment Connections: Discusses every aspect of preparation for deployment and reunion for service members and family members. v.2, 2/14/05

Topic: Reunions - Tips for Member

Communication will help to:

Remember:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  2. Deployment Link: Provides many links such as family team building and military readiness to help service members and their families deal with the stresses of deployment.
  3. Air Force Crossroads Family Readiness and Family Separation: Numerous links for members and their families who are separated due to deployments, remote assignments, extended TDYs, natural disasters, and professional military education requirements.
  4. DoD Deployment Connections: Discusses every aspect of preparation for deployment and reunion for service and family members. v.2, 2/14/0

Topic: Reunions - Tips for Family

Remember:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  2. Deployment Link: Provides many links such as family team building and military readiness to help service members and their families deal with the stresses of deployment.
  3. Air Force Crossroads Family Readiness and Family Separation: Numerous links for members and their families who are separated due to deployments, remote assignments, extended TDYs, natural disasters, and professional military education requirements.
  4. DoD Deployment Connections: Discusses every aspect of preparation for deployment and reunion for service and family members.v.2, 2/14/05

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Topic: Working with a Moving Company
The physical move of your household goods is one of the most important parts of the relocation. It is important to work together with the mover that you or your Transportation Office has selected to have an efficient and safe move. Even if you decide to pack and move yourself via a self-move, there are several rules that you must know.

PREPARING FOR YOUR MOVERS
Timing: as soon as you get your orders, apply for your household goods to be moved. Some Services have the ability to apply on-line which you can do through SITES or directly. The more time in advance the better your chances of being able to manage a smooth move.

Organization: Prepare your personal property for the move by separating your belongings and throw away, sell, or give away items which you will not be moving. Remove flammable, combustible or corrosive items to a safe spot and label "do not move". Designate one room or your car to put valuables, suitcases for travel, important documents, anything which the movers should not pack, and set aside necessities for the children for traveling.

Planning: Have a professional appraiser come in ahead of time to value any antiques, artwork, or other valuables which will be moved. You should definitely check on extra insurance for these items. These expense items are not covered in your entitlements.
Common Courtesy:

There are two categories of things that cannot go with the mover: perishables and hazardous materials.

Perishables:

Notes: You should plan your meals to use from the contents of your freezer at least a week before the movers come. That which you cannot consume, plan to give to neighbors, throw away, or throw an outdoor barbecue to use up your frozen meat and your gas from your grill see hazardous materials to follow. Defrost the freezer and allow it to stand open for three or four days so it will dry out. Taping open boxes of baking soda to the shelves can help to absorb odors in both the refrigerator and the freezer in transit. Be sure to block the doors open so that they cannot accidentally close on small children.

Hazardous Materials:

Notes: Paint, cleaning products, lighter fluid, antifreeze, oil, and gasoline are all forbidden to be moved on a household goods van, for obvious reasons. Any leftover paint or stain from your house should be labeled and left for the new occupants to use for touchups. Dispose carefully of any other products.If you have the space in your private vehicle, you might consider taking any firearms with you. In any case, they should be unloaded, and probably need a certificate that they are safe. Check with the Department of Firearms and Tobacco (see Helpful Web Sites below) for regulations.

WHAT SHOULD GO ALONG FOR THE RIDE WITH YOU
Certain possessions are very important and valuable to you, and should not be loaded onto the household goods van.

Valuables:

Important Documents:

CLAIMS
The best way to handle a claim is from the beginning of the move. Here are some hints:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command : The web site contains useful information in the form of pamphlets, weight calculators, and inventory management tools. Click on Personal Property for all your household goods needs.
  2. Smart Web Move : Smart web move allows active duty Navy and Marines to learn their entitlements, apply for their household goods shipments on line, and fill in a customer satisfaction survey.
  3. Department of Firearms and Tobacco : An essential part of homeland security this site is designed as a law enforcement device used to provide information on reducing violent crimes. v.2, 2/22/05

Topic: Special Needs/EFM
General Information: Before you consider or leave for your next assignment, contact the individual your Service has identified as responsible for supporting families with special needs. Let them know when you are leaving your current assignment and the installation to which you will be moving. The points of contact for each Service are listed below. (The exact contact information for each installation is available in the SITES Installation File information).

Before you move:

When you arrive:

Child Care:Finding child care can always be a challenge and finding child care for children with special needs may be more challenging, but certainly not impossible.

Before you move:

When you arrive:

Before you move:

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) United States: Families with newborn children to five years of age who require additional assistance can find it through the WIC program. WIC provides food, nutritional counseling and referrals to eligible families.

Before you move:

Food Stamps: Are available for certain families that meet eligibility requirements. For more information on Food Stamps, see Helpful Moving Tips Fact Sheets, Food/Income Assistance Programs and Food Stamps in this section.

Before you move:

Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA): A program for families that need and qualify for food stamp assistance that are living overseas. This allowance is available overseas and it supplements the basic allowance for subsistence (BAS). The service member must apply and be certified to receive the FSSA payment. For additional information on FSSA, see Helpful Moving Tips Fact Sheet, Food/Income Assistance Programs in this section.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI pays monthly cash benefits to people with limited income and resources who are age 65 or older, blind, or disabled. In many States, it also establishes eligibility for Medicaid. In all States, but California, it also establishes eligibility for Food Stamps. For more information on SSI, see Helpful Moving Tips Fact Sheets, Food/Income Assistance Programs and Supplemental Security Income in this section.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Special Needs: Has complete information for military families with special needs. It provides information on military and community resources available to families, and access to points of contact and other military families.
  2. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for participating Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  3. TRICARE: In additional to all medical and dental related information, you can find child nutrition information on the overseas WIC program.
  4. Medicaid: This site is designed to help provide information required to apply and qualify for Medicaid benefits.
  5. Medicare: This site focuses on the medical benefits provided through Medicare.
  6. Food Stamp Program: This sites focuses on the importance of nutrition by assisting you in qualifying and applying for supplemental support.
  7. Social Security Administration: Get your Social Security Card, apply for disability benefits or take a glance at the electronic newsletter.
  8. Food Stamps: Get information on requirements needed to apply and qualify for the food stamps.
  9. Allowances and Entitlements: Per Diem Committee's official web site with information on allowances and entitlements, travel regulations and lodging and dining programs.
  10. Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator Directory: This site is designed to inform customers about rights and entitlements through TRICARE.
  11. Directory of Child Development Centers: Provides statistical and other helpful information on child care centers to members of the military community.
  12. Air Force Crossroads: Active duty members stationed outside the United States are eligible to participate in the FSSA program. Provided are tools to assist you with preparing the FSSA application.
  13. Defense Manpower Data System: FSSA information on this DoD Computer System is provided only for authorized U.S. Government use. v.2, 4/18/06

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Topic: Food or Income Assistance Programs

There are four major food or income assistance programs: Food Stamps; Women Infant and Children (WIC); Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA); and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Some are available only in the United States, and some are available Overseas. Each program is briefly described below, along with a general list of Helpful Web Sites. Below the list of general links are specific "Fact Sheets" on each topic. In your Family Centers on the Installation there are Personal Financial Management programs which are an invaluable resource for information and guidance in these areas. You can find these program resources in the SITES Installation Files, Category Family Issues.

  1. WOMEN INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC) - UNITED STATES & WIC-OVERSEAS "WIC-O"
  2. FOOD STAMPS
  3. FAMILY SUBSISTENCE SUPPLEMENTAL ALLOWANCE (FSSA)
  4. SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME (SSI)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) United States: Families with children from birth to five years of age who require nutritional assistance can find it through the WIC program. If you are currently receiving these services and want to continue at the next location:

Before you move:
Transferring within the United States

Transferring within Overseas Locations Served by the WIC-Overseas Program:

Transfers from the WIC Overseas Program into the Domestic Program:

Food Stamps and Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA): Are available for certain families that meet eligibility requirements. FSSA is available overseas in place of Food Stamps. For more information on Food Stamps, see the Food Stamp Fact Sheet in this section.

Before you move:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Special Needs: Has complete information for military families with special needs. It provides information on military and community resources available to families, and access to points of contact and other military families.
  2. Military Onesource: A 24/7 information and referral program for participating Service families on a wide range of everyday issues including parenting and child care, education, older adults, financial and legal available online or by phone.
  3. TRICARE: In additional to all medical and dental related information, you can find child nutrition information on the Overseas WIC program.
  4. Medicaid: This site is designed to help provide information required to apply and qualify for Medicaid benefits.
  5. Medicare : This site focuses on the medical benefits provided through Medicare.
  6. Food Stamp Program: This site focuses on the importance of nutrition by assisting you in qualifying and applying for supplemental support.
  7. Social Security Administration: Get your Social Security Card, apply for disability benefits or take a glance at the electronic newsletter.
  8. Allowances and Entitlements: Per Diem Committee's official web site with information on allowances and entitlements, travel regulations, and lodging and dining programs.
  9. Beneficiary Counseling and Assistance Coordinator Directory : This site is designed to inform customers about rights and entitlements through TRICARE.
  10. Directory of Child Development Centers: Provides statistical and other helpful information on child care centers to members of the military community. V.2, 4/11/06

Topic: Overseas WIC Fact
Sheet Services and Benefits

Eligibility Criteria

NOTE: WIC-O uses the poverty guidelines for Alaska, which are a bit higher than those in the other states. This means that more individuals might be eligible.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Special Needs: Has complete information for military families with special needs. It provides information on military and community resources available to families, and access to points of contact and other military families.
  2. TRICARE: In additional to all medical and dental related information, you can find WIC - Overseas Site Locations and Office Numbers.
  3. Poverty Guidelines : Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines are available.
  4. Alaska & Hawaii Income Guidelines: WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines. Includes income charts annual, monthly, bi-monthly, bi-weekly, weekly) for Alaska. v.1, 3/4/05

Topic: Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Services and Benefits

Amount of Benefit

Eligibility Criteria

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. SSA office locator: To find your local Social Security Office.
  2. Benefits Eligibility Screening Test: The questions on this page will help start to determine if you may be eligible for any benefits.
  3. Food Stamp Program: This site focuses on the importance of nutrition by assisting you in qualifying and applying for supplemental support.
  4. Medicaid: This site is designed to help provide information required to apply and qualify for Medicaid benefits. v.1, 4/18/06

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Topic: FSSA Fact Sheet
Services and Benefits

Considerations

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance: This secure web site allows active duty and SELRES members to enter appropriate information that is used to calculate their eligibility for a supplemental allowance.
  2. Food Stamp Program: This site focuses on the importance of nutrition by assisting you in qualifying and applying for supplemental support. v.1, 4/18/06

Topic: Food Stamps Fact Sheet
Services and Benefits

Eligibility Criteria

Waiting Lists

Waivers

Application Process

Records

Overseas

More Information

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Food Stamp Pre-Screening Tool: The Pre-Screening Tool can determine if you may be eligible to receive Food Stamp benefits. This Pre-Screening Tool is not an application for Food Stamps. An application for Food Stamps must be made at your local Food Stamp Office.
  2. Food Stamp Program: This sites focuses on the importance of nutrition by assisting you in qualifying and applying for supplemental support. For FY2003, see also Income Standards.
  3. Income Limits: Fact Sheet on Resources, Income, and Benefits.
  4. Food Stamps FAQs: Get answers to frequently asked questions about Food Stamps.
  5. Food Stamp Office Locator : Tool to locate your nearest Food Stamp Office. v.1, 2/04/05

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Topic: Personal Move, Do it Yourself
BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING

IF YOU ARE RENTING A VAN OR TRUCK

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command: The web site contains useful information in the form of pamphlets, weight calculators, and inventory management tools. Click on Personal Property for all your household goods needs.
  2. Per Diem and Transportation Allowance Committee: Access to information on your housing allowance, COLA, per diem, dislocation allowance (DLA), and mileage rates.
  3. Penske Truck rental: Find rental car and truck information.
  4. Budget Truck rental: Find rental car and truck information.
  5. Hertz Truck rental: Find rental car and truck information. v.1, 2/04/05

Topic: Moving with the Elderly
Coping with Immediate Concerns

Packing and the Actual Move

When you arrive

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Moving Tips for Moving Mom and Dad : Family solutions for elders and senior housing.
  2. Eldercare: Award winning site designed to be a research site for family members looking for information on eldercare and long-term care.
  3. Housing, Law, Retirement: Comprehensive service providing useful information for seniors on topics such as housing, law, retirement, and health.
  4. Travel, Health, Finances: Provides senior citizens anywhere in the world with travel, health, financial and living skills information.
  5. Adults over 50: User friendly website offering news and information of interest to older adults, travel section, opportunities for self-expression, entertainment, memorial page, shopping mall and much more.
  6. Medicare, for adults over the age of 65: Government website providing information on Medicare. v.1, 3/07/05

Topic: Moving Pets to Japan
It is extremely important to follow the guidelines below because no exceptions will be made once your pet arrives in Japan. The Japanese Animal Quarantine Service (AQS) has radically revised its procedures for importing pets. Below are the current guidelines but it is always a good idea to check the official Japanese AQS web site in Helpful Web Sites at the end of this Tip Sheet for the most up-to-date information. Owners are responsible for the shipment of pets arriving, departing and traveling within Japan. Owners are responsible for all matters associated with travel arrangements and shipping requirements for their pets.

Dogs and Cats

Birds

Rabbits

Amphibians, Fish and Reptiles

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Japanese Animal Quarantine Service: The official web site for information on bringing all types of pets to Japan.
  2. Japan District Veterinary Command US Army: The official U.S. Army web site for information on pet care in Japan.
  3. MCCS Okinawa web page: Under Welcome Aboard Package "HOT" Relocation Information, Pet Information, you will find current information on bringing Pets to Japan.
  4. Department of Agriculture - Traveling with Pets : Rules and regulations about transporting all kinds of pets. v.1 6/4/05

Topic:
Family Disaster Plan
We all hope there is never a need to "put into effect" an Individual or Family Disaster Plan. This information is from the National Weather Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Red Cross.
Easy, Basic Steps To Develop A Family Disaster Plan

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. American Red Cross: For emergency assistance worldwide in any circumstances.
  2. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: For information on weather conditions and what to do in case of emergency.
  3. Federal Emergency Management Administration: For information on what to do in case of emergency. v.1, 3/08/05

Topic: Domestic Violence
Moving away from family and friends is never easy, but it can be especially frightening if you are being abused by your spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend. Many people aren't sure what domestic abuse is or whether they are even in an abusive relationship. Here is some basic information about domestic abuse and about resources available to victims of abuse both at your local military installation and in the civilian community: Domestic abuse can happen in any couple. Either a woman or a man can be a victim and it reaches across all social, ethnic, economic, and cultural boundaries. It includes the use, attempted use, or threatened use of force or violence against the victim, like threatening to hurt or kill the victim, or actually using some kind of physical force against the victim, like hitting, punching, kicking, shoving or sexually assaulting the victim. But domestic abuse also includes things that aren't physical acts of violence. It can also include emotional or psychological abuse, economic abuse, or isolating the victim from friends and family. Abusers may try to maintain physical and emotional control over the victim. Abusers might control where the victim goes and who the victim spends time with; blame the victim for the abuse or threaten suicide if the victim leaves; exploit the victim's concern for his or her child(ren) by threatening to harm or hide the child(ren), making false reports of child abuse or starting legal proceedings to remove the child(ren) from the victim's custody; or control all financial resources of the couple, limiting the victim's access to money, and hiding funds from the victim.

Many people think that once a victim has left an abusive relationship, he or she is finally safe from physical violence. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Leaving an abusive relationship can be one of the most dangerous times for a victim. The abusive partner might feel like he or she is losing control over the situation and might lash out violently in retaliation. This doesn't mean that victims should stay with their abusers. It does mean, however, that they might want to seek help if they are planning on leaving. All of this may seem overwhelming for a family to handle alone. Fortunately for our military families experiencing domestic abuse, they don't need to stand alone or suffer in silence. Every installation that supports families has a Family Advocacy Program to provide services for families experiencing domestic abuse. Most installations also have victim advocates who can help victims plan how to stay safe if they want to remain with their partner or if they have decided to leave. Other offices, agencies and individuals on the installation can also get involved to help keep victims safe and to give abusers the services and treatment they need in order to develop healthier relationships.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, you can also contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) and in Helpful Web Sites below. The Hotline advocates are available at all times to listen and provide confidential information and support to help you get safe. All calls to NDVH are anonymous and translation is available for over 140 languages. Hotline Advocates have access to over 4800 resources nationwide and are able to connect callers to the services and programs available in their area.

If you would like more information about the Family Advocacy Program or about domestic violence, you can visit Military Homefront web site in Helpful Web Sites below. Click the Troops and Family Members Tab at the top of the page and then Interpersonal Abuse from the menu on the left hand side of the screen. You can also contact the Family Advocacy Program at your installation.

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. National Domestic Violence Hotline: Nationwide resource available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls can be translated into 140 languages and all calls are anonymous.
  2. Military Homefront: Information on all military quality of life programs. v.2 8/10/05

Topic: Privately Owned Vehicle (POV) Storage
Who can store a POV?

Restrictions on POV Storage

Storage Allowance

Storage Services Under the Global POV (POV) Contract

What you need to do Before Storing your POV

Pick-up of Your POV

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command: Official information on all POV needs.
  2. Status of POV Shipments : Tracking of vehicle and other important shipment and storage information. v.1 6/4/05

Topic: HHGs Inventories - Need for Accuracy
Why is an accurate inventory important?
Play this "game": sit in your kitchen and make a list of everything in the living room. Now go to the living room and see how many items you forgot! If you had a loss during a move or in a fire, flood, or other disaster, you would receive NO MONEY for items not listed. And that was just one room! With a complete inventory, you will maximize the money you receive to replace those items.

A complete inventory consists of three things:

Value is determined by the age of the item, original cost, current condition and/or a professional appraisal, especially for antiques, jewelry, artwork, collectibles, oriental carpets, and other one-of-a-kind and specialty items.

Proof of Ownership, a combination of methods:

A few extra tips:

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command: Click on Personal Property and search household goods inventory.
  2. "It's Your Move" Booklet: This is the official booklet of information on moving household goods.
  3. Household Organizer Products: A useful web site for managing inventory. v.1 6/5/05

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