19.5% Pay Raise Proposal: What It Means for Military Families’ PCS Moves and Homeownership

Supporting Our Heroes: Easing the Financial Struggles of Military Families

As a veteran-run real estate team, we at O.N.E. Florida Group understand the unique challenges that active duty military members and their families face. Recently, a 19.5% pay hike for junior enlisted service members moved one step closer to reality after the House Armed Services Committee approved its version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This bill also includes a 4.5% raise for all service members and aims to increase the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to cover 100% of housing costs, up from the current 95%. While these measures are significant, they still need approval from both the House and Senate before becoming law.

A Sailor hold his child for the first time after returning from a six-month deployment aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of the global war on terrorism. U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate Airman Apprentice Alison N. Nelson

The Financial Strain of Military Life

Military families often live on a single income due to the demands placed on the active duty member. Deployments, trainings, and assignments mean that one partner is frequently away, making it difficult for the other to maintain a stable job or career. This sole income situation puts a significant financial strain on families, making everyday expenses a challenge.

The proposed NDAA, renamed the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act, underscores the need for improved support. Beyond the pay raises, the bill also aims to expand eligibility for the Basic Needs Allowance, helping more troops facing food insecurity access essential benefits. These provisions are a response to the bipartisan committee’s study on issues harming service members’ well-being, highlighting the urgent need for improved living conditions and financial stability.

By Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Crystal M. Brooks, United States Navy

Our Commitment to Military Families

At O.N.E. Florida Group, we are part of the Real Broker Military Division—a dedicated branch of Real Broker LLC solely run by veterans. This division is committed to providing relocation assistance to military members, ensuring they find the perfect home in Northeast Florida. We specialize in PCS moves to NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, and the associated Coast Guard stations.

Our team is not only experienced in real estate but also deeply understands the military lifestyle. We know the importance of finding a home that suits the unique needs of military families, whether it’s proximity to base, good schools, or a supportive community.

Making Your Move Easier

Relocating can be a daunting task, but we’re here to make it as seamless as possible. Our services include:

  • Expert Knowledge: Our team members are veterans who have gone through PCS moves themselves. We bring this firsthand experience to help you navigate the process smoothly.
  • Local Insights: We know Northeast Florida inside out. From the best neighborhoods to the top schools, we provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision.
  • Dedicated Support: We offer personalized assistance throughout your move, ensuring you have everything you need from start to finish.

Why Choose O.N.E. Florida Group?

Choosing a real estate team that understands your needs is crucial. At O.N.E. Florida Group, we pride ourselves on being more than just real estate agents—we are your partners in this journey. Our veteran-run team is dedicated to serving those who serve our country, providing the support and expertise needed to find the perfect home for your family.

Join Our Community

We invite you to join our growing community of military families in Northeast Florida. Whether you’re relocating to NAS Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, or any nearby Coast Guard stations, we are here to help you every step of the way.

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