Airmen & Guardians Receive PCS Pet Transportation Assistance
Relief For Moving OCONUS with Pet Transportation Assistance
Having a dog or a cat for a pet can be the best thing. But having a dog or cat and then getting PCS orders for an OCONUS location can be stressful. There are many costs associated with bringing your pets with you, from having to quarantine them, to special vaccinations and the cost of the actual trip. In some cases, families have to find a loving temporary home for their family pet while they are overseas.
The good news is that Airmen and Guardians can now receive PCS Pet Transportation Assistance for up to $1,000. Here is what you need to know.
Who is eligible for this program?
Active duty Airmen and Guardians as well as guard and reserve members who have received PCS orders to or from an OCONUS location.
Is this a grant or a loan?
This is a grant. The money does not have to be paid back.
Which types of pets qualify?
Only dogs and cats.
Where do I apply?
You would apply by filling out a Standard Assistance Application. You can do so by going to the Air Force Aid Society, www.afas.org.
What paperwork will I need to apply?
- Your PCS orders
- Pet transportation cost estimate/invoice
What if $1,000 isn’t enough?
If you need additional needs-based funding, a loan can be requested. Families can also apply for emergency assistance.
I already spent money on my pet for my PCS, will AFAS reimburse us?
No, AFAS will not reimburse expenses that have already been paid.
When do I apply?
You can apply 60 days before your PCS.
Where do I go for more information?
If you need more information, you can contact your local A&FRC for answers to your questions.
Hopefully, this assistance can help with your upcoming PCS and alleviate some of the financial stresses associated with an OCONUS move.
- PCS: Moving the Family Pet
- Military Discounts for Dogs, Cats and Other Pets
- Where to Find Service Dogs For Veterans
- PCS Checklist
- Preparation for an OCONUS Move
About the author
Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.