Programs and Services
If a permanent change of station, or PCS, is in your future, you may have questions about moving. As part of the Military and Family Support Center, the Relocation Assistance Program provides services and resources to help make this transition as smooth as possible. Here’s what they offer:
- Individual PCS planning — Most relocation programs offer one-on-one consultation. In particular, those making their first military move, those making their first overseas move or those with challenging or complex situations should contact the relocation assistance office.
- MilitaryINSTALLATIONS and Plan My Move — For managing and planning your move, you may want to take advantage of these DoD-sponsored online relocation tools. You can estimate expenses, locate forms for housing and property shipments, and create a moving calendar.
- Loan closet — Where available, loan closets offer basic household goods while your personal property is in transit. Typical items include pots and pans, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards and infant or toddler car seats. Generally, towels and bed linens are not available, so these should be packed in your express shipment.
- Workshops and briefings — Workshops vary from installation to installation, but you may find classes on purchasing real estate and renting, budgeting and finance, moving with children or general moving preparation.
- Pre-departure briefings — These briefings may be called Smooth Move or PCS Briefing, and they provide essential information to prevent you from making uninformed and costly decisions before your move.
- Settling-in services — Welcome wagon services, local area tours (with child care sometimes provided), or basic household items to use until your goods arrive may be a part of your installation’s settling-in services. Overseas arrival services may include introductory language classes and cultural awareness training.
- Foreign-born spouse support — Whether your question concerns immigration and naturalization, learning the English language or how to use local transportation, the relocation program provides assistance, classes and referrals.
- Emergency assistance — From time to time, emergencies occur while moving. The Relocation Assistance Program office has the resources to provide emergency financial assistance and referrals.
Installation Specific Information
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) services can be accessed in person, email or by going to the FFSC website. FFSC offers one-on-one consultations providing information about both military and community resources such as schools, housing, employment, and recreation.
Foreign Born Spouses
Foreign Born Spouse Workshop--This workshop addresses issues such as Citizenship & Immigration, English-as-a-Second-Language, military lifestyle, community & military resources and provides an opportunity to meet other foreign born spouses.
Foreign Born Spouse Support Group--The group meets every 4th Friday of the month at the Wadsworth Community Center. It is an informal group so children are welcome and we provide activities for the children. For the adults we have guest speakers, discussions, information & resources and support from other spouses who are facing the same challenges. Members arrange social get togethers outside of the group such as shopping trips, Mommy & me outings, lunches and other social events. The group has a quarterly potluck dinner which provides an opportunity for all family members to meet and have fun. Please call FFSC Oceana at 757-433-2912 for more details.
Provides access to 24/7 counseling, information and referral for service families, and if relocating, search for Culture Grams that can provide useful information about your new duty location.
Military Youth on the Move
Answers to military children and teen concerns.
Military Child Education Coalition
Provides information and resources on military education needs.
Official web site for verification of military service for transitioning service members.
Fleet and Family Support Center
Provides information on Navy family issues.
Department of Defense-sponsored website for kids impacted by the deployment of parents and caregivers.
USA4 Military Families
Seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families.