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Finding your groove: Five tips for your next PCS move

by Community Manager

‎05-21-2014 02:11 PM

By Maggie Hahn, USAA Bank operations manager


In my 23-year journey as a Marine Corps spouse, my family has had many moving adventures. We supported my husband through nine deployments, received six permanent change of station orders, bought three homes and rented five, had two amazing children and survived five hurricanes. Did I mention that I also battled breast cancer and beat it while my husband was deployed?


And I would do it all again because of the amazing military community support we received. Each move teaches you how to be better prepared for the next, and each friendship provides insight into successful strategies along the way.


In my experience, a successful PCS doesn’t just happen; it takes a lot of planning and coordination to ensure the family is ready. That’s why I’m happy to share my PCS moving tips with you in this video. Enjoy — and be sure to check out USAA’s 2014 Top Communities for Military Families





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