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San Diego Self Storage Sponsors Bottles for Babies

by Kim Kilpatrick November 12, 2012 3:55 PM
Having a baby is expensive. An uncomplicated birth costs around $10,000. Add items such as baby clothes, diapers and diaper wipes, a crib, a car seat, and a baby carrier or stroller the cost grows exponentially. A 2010 USDA report indicated that an average middle-income family spends $12,000 on child-related expenses during their baby's first year of life. During the second year, parents spend more than $12,500. [More]

Self Storage Industry Has a Place in its Heart for the Military

by Kim Kilpatrick September 27, 2012 8:08 PM
In a perfect world people would make in salary a monetary equivalent to the social value of the work that they do. People that decide to go into the military and other forms of public service clearly do it for reasons other than monetary compensation which is just one of many reasons why people should take whatever opportunities they can to show their appreciation for those that risk their lives to protect the freedom of others. [More]

Self Storage Could Lose Some Business From Military If More Personnel Opt to Buy Homes

by John Stevens June 1, 2011 12:10 PM
When military personnel are deployed for six months or longer, what happens to all of the possessions left behind? Members of the military are big users of self storage because they either stay in government quarters or rent an apartment for a short period of time and usually do not own a home. Because they are constantly on the move, renting a storage unit often makes more financial sense than maintaining a residence to house possessions. But more military members are taking notice of the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) available to qualified service members, and turning an interested eye towards home ownership. This could have an impact on self storage companies that cater to the military. [More]

Self Storage Industry Supports the Military

by Holly Robinson March 28, 2011 4:26 PM
It takes a special person to be willing to lay their life on the line for someone else. There really isn’t a bigger sacrifice that someone can make for another. In some relationships it is almost expected, i.e. parent and child. However, there are a group of people that are willing to put their life on the line for total strangers and often for people that may not even want them there—the armed forces. [More]

Legal Issues to Be Aware of in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens January 21, 2011 11:16 AM
Whenever you go into business you have to be concerned about the law, not necessarily that you might be involved in something illegal (hopefully), but that you may inadvertently violate someone’s rights. That would in turn open you up to a lawsuit that would not only prove costly in legal fees and restitution, but in potential or existing customers when word leaks of your ‘questionable’ business practices. [More]

Military Belongings of First Woman to Die in Afghanistan War to be Returned to Family

by John Stevens December 1, 2010 12:01 PM
An Indiana businessman who purchased a storage unit seven years ago has decided to gather together all of the significant belongings of the first female U.S. Marine to die in the line of duty during the Afghanistan war and return them to her family. [More]

Beltway Gears Up for Fort Belvoir Relocation

by Winnie Hsiu December 23, 2009 5:11 AM
"I had been having nightmares trying to figure out how we are going to get through all of this," mused Isiah Leggett, the County Executive for Montgomery County, Maryland. He was referring to the expansion of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, wihch is part of an impending base consolidation that will bring about 19,000 military jobs to the region. Lawmakers announced today that they will allocate $300 million to improve traffic flow, public transit facilities, and pedestrian walkways in the area....Fort Belvoir has set up a website where families can find resources related to their relocation, including a lending closet which will loan out household items for up to two weeks while families wait for their moving vans to arrive, a link to an online calculator that will allow families to make customized checklists and calendars to keep track of their move, and a link to a fact page about the Fort Belvoir area, including information about schools, child care, the cost of living, housing, employment, the commissary and base exchange, banking, medical services, and recreation.

Because the cost of living is higher in the Fort Belvoir area than it is at other bases around the country, families who downsize may also appreciate knowing about self-storage facilities in the area. There are many around the Beltway. Extra Space has numerous facilities in the area, and offers the first month free. [More]

Defense Department Homeowners Assistance Checks on Their Way

by Tony Gonzalez December 8, 2009 11:26 PM
Relocating military families who qualified for assistance from the Department of Defense Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 have had a long wait for their checks. But now the checks have begun to make it into the mail. [More]

Army Transfers Middle Eastern Interpreter Program to Fort Huachuca

by Winnie Hsiu December 7, 2009 1:33 AM
Since 2007, the Army has been developing Fort Huachuca, in Arizona, as a new center for human intelligence training. The center, called the Center of Excellence for Human Intelligence Training, serves soldiers from all branches. Soldiers who graduate from the center are certified intelligence specialists.

Now, the Army is transferring its Middle Eastern interpreters and translators program to Fort Huachuca. The Middle Eastern interpreters and translators program was previously located at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Six civilian positions, previously attached to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, will also be moved. It is hoped that transferring the Middle Eastern language program to Fort Huachuca will help the Army to avoid duplicating the efforts of the instructors in the human intelligence program, who also train interpreters. Soldiers will move by the end of January. [More]