Published: July 24, 2023
Moving is never easy, especially for military families like ours. With about 600,000 active-duty and transitioning military families moving each year, it means starting fresh in a whole new place. But fear not! We have a secret weapon on our side: technology! Thanks to the wonders of modern tech, we now have access to support, the ability to stay connected with friends and family, and ways to make PCSing a little less chaotic and a lot more manageable.
So, how does technology come to our rescue during a PCS? Check it out 👇
- Explore Your New Environment: When you're PCSing, you're often moving to an entirely new location, maybe even to a different country. It's completely normal to feel a bit anxious about the unknown. But technology is here to help! With online resources and Blue Star Chapters, you can find neighborhood guides, explore nearby schools, and discover exciting local events. It's like having a personal tour guide right at your fingertips!
- Plan and Organize with Ease: PCSing requires meticulous planning to ensure everything goes smoothly. Thankfully, technology can be a game-changer here. Find moving checklists and interactive maps for your new location, all available online. Plus, house-hunting apps and platforms allow you to virtually explore available homes and neighborhoods from the comfort of your couch.
- Stay Connected with Your Community: Staying connected with your loved ones during a move is vital, and technology has made it so much easier. Social media, video calls, and instant messaging are our trusty companions in this journey. They help us stay in touch with family and friends, no matter the distance. Plus, there are language apps and online communities, like the Blue Star Neighborhood, that connect us with other military families going through similar experiences. We're never alone on this adventure!
- Enhance Education Opportunities: Education is always a priority, especially during a PCS move. Technology has some amazing solutions for us here too. Online tutoring services, educational apps, and distance learning programs are available to help with our or our kids' academic progress and minimize disruptions. Education just got a digital boost!
- Access Support Anytime, Anywhere: Technology has our back when it comes to getting support during PCS season. Online shopping services and apps act like personal shoppers, delivering the supplies and goods we need right to our doorsteps! From household essentials to those special items that make a new place feel like home, technology ensures we have everything we need for a smooth transition without ever leaving the comfort of our new home. Say goodbye to long shopping trips and hello to the convenience of modern tech!
In a nutshell, technology is our trusty sidekick during PCS season. It provides us with the necessary support, makes the transition more comfortable, and enables us to stay connected. So, let's embrace the power of tech and conquer this PCS like the rockstar military families we are!
P.S. For those in the midst of PCSing or planning for one later this year, we hope you make Blue Star Families your ultimate digital destination for friendship and support. As the nation's largest chapter-based support organization, we've got your back with free access to a plethora of virtual programs, resources, and events — all tailored to meet your unique needs. Join The Neighborhood for immediate access!
Once in The Neighborhood, you’ll get complimentary access to top-notch brands offering exclusive discounts and perks that will blow your mind. Imagine scoring sweet deals from the likes of T-Mobile, the go-to source for all your communication needs; Headspace, the ultimate meditation and mindfulness app; and Thrive Market, the online marketplace for all your healthy living essentials.
So, what are you waiting for? Embrace the power of tech and join the Blue Star Neighborhood to discover the fantastic benefits that await you — here!