With each Permanent Change of Station, a family is uprooted from its network including schools, volunteer opportunities, and friends. One military family has found their transitions less painful, though, with the help of military housing.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Duran Sword and his wife of 14 years, Angela, have lived in Lincoln Military Housing neighborhoods at several duty stations — Camp Lejeune, N.C., Twentynine Palms, Calif., and now Hampton Roads, Va. — and would not have it any other way.
“They have a great community,” Angela Sword said. “We all have the same thing in common when we move into base housing: We have a spouse that is in the military and some of us have children. Whether it’s new people moving in or a changeover, everybody seems to be really friendly.”
And the community isn’t the only benefit of living in military housing.
The benefits of living in base housing for the Swords start with security — having their two children be able to ride bikes and walk to the school bus stop without worry because of ongoing patrols — but also for the ease of access to activities and events. The couple says that they take advantage of every community event that is offered, whether it be for their children, their whole family, or them as a couple.