Military families move an average of once every three years according to Care.com. Next to divorce and death of a relative, experts say that moving is rated as the third highest cause of stress.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, recognizing the unique strains placed on military families required to move frequently, is making relocating easier with its "PCS Headquarters" at www.shopmyexchange.com.
The Exchange's "PCS Headquarters" offers four unique areas to assist in moving: Get Connected, Military One Source, Military Homefront and Military Avenue.
Get Connected allows military families to view what local TV, internet and telephone offerings are available in the area they are PCSing to.
Military One Source provides assistance with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments and relocation resources needed for special circumstances.
Military Homefront's "Plan My Move" provides military families with access to information about entitlements and benefits, checklists, planning tools and material on education and employment.
Military Avenue is an online service supporting relocation, travel and lifestyle needs of the military family.
Finally, the Exchange's "PCS Headquarters" also offers an array of downloadable coupons ranging from discounts on appliances and tires to 10 percent off a total purchase when using a Military Star Card at the Exchange.
"As a partner with the military, we know a thing or two about making a smart move," said the Exchange's Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. "Whether orders are for Kirtland or Kadena, the Exchange is ready to help pack it up and move out."
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint, non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation programs. Visit www.shopmyexchange.com to find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases.