Army

November 15, 2012

MilitaryHOMEFRONT: a good friend online

Maritza Ramirez
Program Manager ACS, NTC and Fort Irwin

MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy program information, policy and guidance designed to help servicemembers and their Families, leaders, and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you’ll find what you need at www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil.

Here are few MilitaryHOMEFRONT key points when it comes to relocation:
Military Installations: View information about the installation where you are currently stationed and the installation where you are being reassigned. Military Installations can give you Fast Facts and an overview of any View articles, photos, major unit listings and contacts for programs and services for any Military Installation Stateside or Overseas. www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil

Military Youth on the Move: A wonderful resource that reaches out to youth with creative ways to cope with issues that arise in the face of a move, such as transitioning to a new school, saying goodbye to friends, and getting involved in a new community. http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/myom

Plan My Move: For service and family members, moving is a way of life. The Military provides many allowances and support services to assist with your move. All the information you need to know to plan a successful move can be found using the tools on this website http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/tf/movingandrelocation

Plan My Move provides you with a three-month calendar of steps you need to take to insure a smooth move for you and your family. If you have fewer than three months until your move, complete the steps you’ve missed. Don’t panic, but DO swing into action. The tasks are grouped by week and day so you can follow a daily schedule that works for you. Keep in mind, that each of these steps may take differing amounts of time.

You may also create a customized calendar specific to your needs and schedule. To create a customized calendar, return to the Plan My Move homepage and sign-in.

Sponsorship: Have you been assigned a sponsor? If not, MilitaryHOMEFRONT/Plan My Move can be the easier way to request a sponsor. The email will be forwarded to the Relocation Manager at your destination for action.

Relocation Budget Plan: One of the best ways to minimize your out-of-pocket or additional expenses is to set up a budget for your move. Planning a relocation budget is the secret to staying in financial control throughout your move. The Relocation Budget Planner. http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/tf/movingandrelocation/budgetplanner

On this link you can find an excel spreadsheet that you can save to and use on your PC, or you can print it out and keep a running tab on a paper copy. Follow the easy instructions at the top of the spreadsheet to guide you through the process. A good idea is to take the Budget Planner to your relocation/financial counselor at the Family Center for professional assistance. Keep your Relocation Budget Planner up-to-date as estimates become actual costs, and as your assumptions change. If you are moving overseas, you will need to keep track of the currency conversion so that you know what the actual dollars are that you are spending.

We highly recommend you to keep track of expenses related to your move. (You will need a record for tax-deduction reasons, if you itemize.) It is a good idea to keep track of your reimbursements, as well. For example, reimbursement you receive for DITY or personal moves, as they are now called, is considered taxable income. Moving expenses are figured on IRS Form 3903, Moving Expenses, and deducted as an adjustment to income on IRS Form 1040. You cannot deduct any moving expenses covered by reimbursements from your employer that are excluded from income.

To learn about your PCS allowances, check out the following. The most up-to-date information on allowances is on the Per Diem, Travel and Transportation Allowance Committee website. Uniformed members and civilian employees have different allowances which can be found on the Per Diem Committee’s website. The Defense Accounting and Finance Service (DFAS) website has complete information on pay and travel benefits for both uniformed and civilian employees. http://www.dfas.mil/dfas/pcstravel.html
If you do get into financial trouble, do not forget that your Service has an Emergency Relief fund which can be accessed on any Military installation through the Army Community Center, Army Emergency Relief Officer.

If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask. Check out these resources for getting help when you need it…
For more information contact Maritza L. Ramirez at 380-3598/4784. Her office is inside building 109 on Langford Lake Road.




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