Robert L. Gordon III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (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 links to MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, which 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 Web sites, phone numbers and email 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 if you have advice to share with other families or if you have questions about a move. We’ve also started discussions 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.