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Family Matters Blog: DOD Offers Help With Moves

By Elaine Wilson
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 – Robert L. Gordon III is the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. In this guest blog, Mr. Gordon spotlights an online resource called “Plan My Move,” and invites families to join discussion boards to submit questions or share lessons learned. - Elaine Wilson

Moving? Let Us Help with ‘Plan My Move’

Robert L. Gordon III

Military Community and Family Policy

Moving again? Even when a move is months away, it’s natural to get a little stressed when imagining everything at home getting packed into a box and shipped off to parts unknown. There is so much to do and so much to plan. That’s why we offer “Plan My Move.”

Plan My Move features a calendar that you customize. When are you moving? Where are you going? Do you have family members with special needs? The site creates a calendar that walks you through the day-to-day process of moving. You can change the calendar to fit your family’s needs. Tasks can be changed, moved or removed. You can add your own tasks.

Along with the calendar, Plan My Move creates travel checklists, arrival checklists, lists of documents to hand-carry and important phone numbers. You can print each of these lists and the calendar.

Plan My Move also links families to a massive amount of information about where you’re going and how you’ll get there. The site explains permanent and temporary housing options. It goes over the shipment and storage of your household goods. You can read about schools, employment assistance and recreation opportunities. You’ll find lots of information about the local community. The site lists websites, phone numbers and e-mail addresses, so you can contact them directly.

Whether it’s your first move or your fifth, there are always new challenges. How do I move my pets? How do I find the best day care and schools? What moving allowances will I get? Plan my Move has tip sheets for more than 150 different moving topics.

What moving tips do you have? Join our discussion on Facebook if you have advice to share with other families or if you have questions about a move. We’ve also started discussions on Facebook on moving with special needs family members and moving with children. I will focus on these subjects in my next two posts. In the meantime, I hope you’ll use these discussions to share experiences, advice with others who may benefit. Thank you.

 

To comment on this blog, or read other posts, visit the Family Matters website.  E-mail Elaine Wilson at elaine.wilson@dma.mil.

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