Camp Lejeune works to make PCS moves easier
Monday, May 14, 2012, 4:02:54 PM
Permanent change of station (PCS) moves are common among members of the military, but that doesn't mean they are always easy. The Relocation Assistance Program (RAP) at Camp Lejeune
is seeking to change that, working to support families during a PCS move.
RAP offers a number of pre-departure and pre-arrival services to reduce the stress associated with moving for Marines and their families. Resources and programs available include one-on-one counseling and planning, classes on home buying and renting, as well as information about moving outside the U.S. RAP also teaches Marines and their families about the financial aspects of moving.
"The RAP has been proven to save money for the member by teaching them about the entire PCS process and making them aware of all the PCS and travel money entitlements," said Kath Peterpaul, RAP specialist.
The programs also often cater to military spouses, since PCS moves can be particularly challenging to them. The relocation staff offers non-clinical counseling to them to help them with the transition emotionally, Peterpaul said.
"The RAP is a great resource for base and area information for anyone new to the installation and community and for anyone preparing to leave the installation," said Peterpaul.
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