Military Spouses

Military Spouse Moving to Hampton Roads, VA Have You Checked Out The….Military Spouse Employment Partnership

by Williamsburg Military Insider

The MSEP program only began serving spouses of all military service members in June. Since then, it has provided employment to some 5,600 military spouses. Before it was MSEP, however, the program belonged to the Army, and was called the Army Spouse Employment Partnership. That program had been in place since 2003. Combined, the two programs have placed more than 90,000 spouses, said Tony Stamilio, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for civilian personnel and quality of life.

 MSEP program does more than provide spouses with gainful employment. It also helps businesses find skilled employees, it helps families, and it even helps the military. It positively affects readiness and retention. These companies support military spouses in their employment and career efforts by offering jobs that are portable.  That means the companies provide support and commitment when a military spouse moves, their employment opportunities will continue with that company.

The MSEP program website can be found at: www.msepjobs.com

I am a REALTOR with Liz Moore & Associates Also; I am part of the Liz Moore & Associates’ Military Team which specializes in homes for sale in James City County, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, VA as well as surrounding markets. I offer Active Duty friendly support to families relocating to Langley Air Force Base, Ft. Eustis, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, and Cheatam Annex. When you PCS to Hampton Roads, VA you will find that I understand that when a family member joins the military, the entire family belongs…thank you for serving our Country, and I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

When you are transferring to Langley AFB, Ft. Eustis, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station or Cheatam Annex, if you’re interested in buying a home for sale call 757-651-3763 or e-mail me at jenniferhernandez@lizmoore.com

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Active Duty Military Life is Like a Box of Chocolates…

By: Williamsburg Military Insider

We’ve all been there in the back to school open houses, standing in a group of civilians talking about their families, they ask what you do and you smile, “We’re military”. You see the look, you know what I’m talking about, yes, that look. They respond, “Oh I just don’t think I could do it.” This always cracks me up one side and down the other. What do they think? You are a glutton for punishment? They act like it’s a physical choice of yours to be a part of this lifestyle. Any military spouse knows, it’s not that you like to move around twenty billion times in your life, that you enjoy having the movers trash your new girls brand new Ping Pong Table, or even that you enjoy living most of your life as a geographical bachelor/bachelorette, better known as a single, married person. Or maybe you enjoy the single parenting life of a married person? You don’t choose it, sometimes it chose you, and sometimes it just is. It’s what you do. So here are some tips to help you do it with grace, do it with style, and  in the end you might end up actually liking it after all (well except for that being alone and the Ping Pong trashing action).

Seek out friends & support

  • Join OSC/ESC
  • Volunteer
  • Attend neighborhood functions
  • Participate in your Squadron’s groups & events

Remember, some of your best friends and contacts you will make in the most unlikely places. Never stop growing, and never stop seeking new contacts.

Don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it

  • Chaplains, Military Life Counselors, even Financial Counselors
  • Friends & neighbors

Look, everyone has issues, and if they say they don’t, then that is an issue in and of itself. Do not be afraid to seek help and talk to someone about your life. Even the happiest person or couple has things that they need to talk about once and awhile.

Be positive

  • No negative attitudes allowed (exception: longer than 24 hours – hey, we all have our days)
  • Make yourself the “glass half full” kind of person

Remaining positive about your lifestyle choice is almost always a sanity-saving endeavor. At least it has been for me. Sure there are times when life throws you curveballs (more so than normal in a military career because SURPRISE! you’re not in control).

Focus on what you want and go for it

  • It’s your life too
  • Empower yourself

Just because you are a military spouse doesn’t mean you can’t have your own life and career outside of being married to the military. Choose work or a volunteer position outside of the home if that is what makes you feel “complete”.

Communicate & Share

  • Share everything with your spouse (that includes your feelings, but also, parenting, the wash, paying the bills, and feeding the dog)
  • Develop a loving relationship full of touch and expression ( Honestly the best perk J )

This is the key to a successful marriage in the military. There will be times when you will be on your own without your spouse. That doesn’t mean that you will be doing it all alone, unless you make it that way. Make a conscience effort, in presence or not, to communicate openly with your spouse about everything. Parent together, do finances together, be a “team”.

Forest Gump says it best, “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get”. And yes, my friend, that statement rings even more true for military life.

I am a REALTOR with Liz Moore & Associates Also; I am part of the Liz Moore & Associates’ Military Team which specializes in homes for sale in James City County, Newport News, Hampton, York County, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, VA as well as surrounding markets. I offer Active Duty friendly support to families relocating to Langley Air Force Base, Ft. Eustis, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, and Cheatam Annex. When you PCS to Hampton Roads, VA you will find that I understand that when a family member joins the military, the entire family belongs…thank you for serving our Country, and I look forward to serving your real estate needs!

When you are transferring to Langley AFB, Ft. Eustis, Yorktown Naval Weapons Station or Cheatam Annex, if you’re interested in buying a home for sale call 757-651-3763 or e-mail me at jenniferhernandez@lizmoore.com

Williamsburg and Hampton Roads There Is A New Coupons Site Designed Just for Active Duty Military.

By: Williamsburg Military Insider

Hampton Roads there is a new coupon site designed for those who serve in the military.  It’s called Troopswap.

The goal of the new company is to give back to the military and to do special things for them, because they know that military life is hard and that a life of service should have its perks. The founder of the company Matthew Thompson is an army veteran.  He says the company will offer exclusive deals to the military. Also TroopSwap proudly donates 10% of profits to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Military PCS Entitlements…

As a veteran spouse I have actually forgot what some of the PCS Entitlements are when moving.  I believe I am half in this PCS move; my husband is PCSing  without us this July.   So I am not in my usual full blown spouse mode with this move, knowing the answer before my husband does.  As a friend has asked me about the 10 days for house hunting, I thought  to my self I should actually bone up on the current entitlements so I do know.  I have put them together on a page.  As I re-read a lot of the entitlements I thought it would be helpful to so many others out there to have in a one stop location.