PCS and Military Move Resources
As a former military spouse, I know first-hand how overwhelming it can be to have to move to a different base every few years. I've compiled this list of resources to help you with your move and hopefully help answer as many questions as possible. But if you still have questions, feel free to reach out to me directly.
This is a great site to start your PCS move. Here you will find links to tutorials, planning and scheduling your move and even what to do after your move. Whatever your questions, Move.mil will be the most reliable resource to get most of your move questions answered.
AHRN is a great resource for finding housing. Whether you're looking to buy a new home in your new location or trying to find a rental, AHRN can help you find homes in the area with the added benefit of helping you find additional military resources as well. You can even find military-friendly real estate agents and VA lenders through AHRN's site.
Military One Source is a one-stop shop for all things military life. If you have questions about your retirement, MOS has the answer. If you have questions about how to use your BAH to buy a house, or about your special needs child in your new base, MOS will have those answers, too. So, if there's a question that you need answers to, MOS should be the FIRST place you go.
Click on the MOVING & HOUSING tab from the drop down menu to find links to help you with your move.
Click on FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS to find more information about taking care of your special needs family members and what other resources are available to you.
The PenFed Foundation has a program to help military members and veterans with closing costs and down payments to buy their home with the Dream Makers Home Buying Assistance Fund. There are some requirements that must be met, but if you qualify, The PenFed Foundation can make getting into a home of your own just a little easier.
The PenFed Foundation also offers other types of assistance for active duty and veterans. Explore their site to find out more.
Eglin Air Force Base is located in northwest Florida, comprising over 640 square miles. This is a military friendly area and also a major tourist attraction due to the white sand beaches. Eglin is located 60 miles east of Pensacola, FL. Eglin is the largest air force base in the world with so many things to offer! Learn more about your new duty station in the Eglin AFB Guide through military.com.
Check out this site to link to different areas of the base to get more detailed information about the different services. Get more from the base guide, reference numbers, a base map, shopping, employment resources and so much more!
Down payment assistance program for home buyers in Florida. There are several options to choose from to help you get assistance to get you into a home. Explore the options in this site and see which program is right for you.
As of 2020 a new program was put in place, “Salute Our Soldiers” Military Loan Program (SOS) that will be offered to veterans and active duty military personnel throughout the state. Administered by Florida Housing this program is offering up to $8 million in a variety of down payment and closing cost assistance, coupled with low-interest rate first mortgages. Importantly, there will be down payment and closing cost assistance options that will be forgivable after five years.