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September 13, 2013

Exchange offers resources, assistance for PCSing service members

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Conner Hammett
AAFES Public Affairs

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To men and women serving in the United States Military, a permanent change of station can be costly and stressful. On average, service members PCSing spend $1,725 on non-reimbursable expenses.

However, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making the transition more affordable for those who protect American freedoms at home and abroad.

The Exchange’s “PCS Headquarters” website, located at www.shopmyexchange.com, features several resources to help Soldiers and Airmen make a move as stress-free as possible.

The site’s Get Connected function gives families a preview of local TV, Internet and telephone services available at their new installations.

PCS Headquarters also connects families with Military OneSource, a place to find resources including childcare, personal finance, emotional support during deployments and relocation services.

In addition, Military Homefront’s “Plan My Move provides families with information on entitlements and benefits, checklists and planning tools, as well as information on employment and education.

As an added bonus, PCS Headquarters offers downloadable, region-specific coupon books including discounts such as $50 off furniture purchases of at least $500 and $100 off any LED, LCD or plasma television valued at $1,000 or more. Other discounts on home appliances, housewares and other essentials are also included.

“Every military family knows how stressful PCSing can be,” said the Exchange’s Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief Master Sgt. Tony Pearson. “This is why the Exchange offers this ‘one-stop shop’ to ensure families have as smooth of a move as possible. Serving those who serve is what we are all about.”




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