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    Hi All,

    Hubby and I are currently stationed at Ft Lewis in WA (where I'm from). We just found out that he's on orders to Ft Hood, reporting early next year. I have looked a little online, but other than Austin, I'm not sure where to go for things like shopping, bookstores, movies, coffee?? I'm a coffee junkie!

    I've heard the post is massive. We have two kids (ages 11 and 10, boy and girl) and pets. My main questions are, which housing areas are close to schools (we'll need middle school and elem school initially) on post, do you prefer on or off post, and where can I find a decent house, 3 bdrm/2ba, fenced in a safe neighborhood on E4 pay? I hear that Copperas Cove and Harker Heights, and possibly Nolanville and Kempner are OK. Can anyone fill me in? I'm a little confused right now. I'm used to cooler weather, lots of green, and water.

    What are the commissary and PX like? What do you all like to do on weekends?

    I'm also a certified medical biller and will be trying to work at a medical billing office or medical facility. Any places I should apply at?

    Thanks for any information you can give, I appreciate it!
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    I guess it depends on exactly what kind of shopping you like to do, but Killeen has bookstores, movie theaters, and coffee shops. You don't have to drive an hour to find a Starbucks or a Barnes & Noble or to catch a movie, if that's what you're asking. If you like more higher end type stuff you could try Austin though.

    I can't answer too many questions about post as we don't live on post. We live in Killeen just by the city limit of Harker Heights and I love our neighborhood. It does get a little seedy the closer you get to post. Our realtor recommended us against looking in Nolanville because she said the town declared bankruptcy (??), but that was several years ago so I dunno. It is a bit of a drive from post though.

    I haven't really been to the commy or PX so can't answer that. On weekends we like to do outdoorsy stuff like hiking and bike riding, there's lots of opportunities to do that around town. Also I do some civic stuff like volunteer at the animal shelter and Toastmasters.

    There's several hospitals/clinics around (and more in Temple and the surrounding areas, I just interviewed there and the hospital is very nice) so that might be something for you to look into. If you're looking to apply at hospitals Scott & White is where I interviewed, their home campus is in Temple and it's pretty nice (it'd be a about a 25-30 minute commute from Killeen). I hope that's what you meant when you talked about medical facility, I don't know anything about billing.

    Welcome to the forums (please introduce yourself in the newbies section when you get a chance!) and I hope someone can give you better answers regarding the post-related questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyWife71 View Post
    Hi All,

    Hubby and I are currently stationed at Ft Lewis in WA (where I'm from). We just found out that he's on orders to Ft Hood, reporting early next year. I have looked a little online, but other than Austin, I'm not sure where to go for things like shopping, bookstores, movies, coffee?? I'm a coffee junkie!

    I've heard the post is massive. We have two kids (ages 11 and 10, boy and girl) and pets. My main questions are, which housing areas are close to schools (we'll need middle school and elem school initially) on post, do you prefer on or off post, and where can I find a decent house, 3 bdrm/2ba, fenced in a safe neighborhood on E4 pay? I hear that Copperas Cove and Harker Heights, and possibly Nolanville and Kempner are OK. Can anyone fill me in? I'm a little confused right now. I'm used to cooler weather, lots of green, and water.

    What are the commissary and PX like? What do you all like to do on weekends?

    I'm also a certified medical biller and will be trying to work at a medical billing office or medical facility. Any places I should apply at?

    Thanks for any information you can give, I appreciate it!
    There are plenty of coffee shops and shopping in Killeen/Copperas Cove/Harker Heights. This is a military town so you dont have to go far for coffee. I can think of two on post and 6 or 7 off post. Hit up yellowpages. It will become your best friend. The movie theater in Harker Heights is my favorite but the ones in Killeen and Cove are great too. Harker Heights has Barnes and Noble.

    Post is massive. Expect to get lost. You rarely get to choose where you live on post. Check the Home - Fort Hood Family Housing page. We live on post. I refuse to live off post but I've also spent the majority of our time stationed here by myself and I appreciate the feeling of security I get from living on post. Cove and Harker Heights are both very nice. There are also some up-and-coming neighborhoods off of Clear Creek Rd in West Killeen that are nice. Nolanville and Kempner are both really far from post. If you choose to live there then never expect your husband home after PT or for lunch. The commute with traffic is too long. I get you on the cooler weather thing since I'm originally a MN girl myself but prepare yourself for hot(ter than hell), brown and dry. This year has been weird in that we have had far more rain than normal so right now everything is actually green

    Commissary and PX are nice but somewhat limited. I shop at both regularly and supplement whatever I cant get there with trips to Walmart, stay away from the one in Killeen . I work well over full time so I dont really have a life or time for anything but house chores. No help there, sorry.

    Scott and White, Seton Medical and Metroplex are the main hospitals in the area with several smaller clinics and whatnot spread out throughout the area. As a PCSing spouse on your husband's orders you will be able to take advantage of CPAC to help with resources to find a job.

    If you have anymore questions I'd be happy to help.

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    I dont have anything to add. (Esp since im on the most retarded phone ever and cant type )

    Just wanted to say more hood girls. Lol welcome!
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    I dont have anything to add. (Esp since im on the most retarded phone ever and cant type )

    Just wanted to say more hood girls. Lol welcome!
    Thank you! This whole move has sort of hit me between the eyes! Even though it was obviously always a possibility, I have to admit Texas wasn't on my radar!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost&faraway View Post
    There are plenty of coffee shops and shopping in Killeen/Copperas Cove/Harker Heights. This is a military town so you dont have to go far for coffee. I can think of two on post and 6 or 7 off post. Hit up yellowpages. It will become your best friend. The movie theater in Harker Heights is my favorite but the ones in Killeen and Cove are great too. Harker Heights has Barnes and Noble.

    Post is massive. Expect to get lost. You rarely get to choose where you live on post. Check the Home - Fort Hood Family Housing page. We live on post. I refuse to live off post but I've also spent the majority of our time stationed here by myself and I appreciate the feeling of security I get from living on post. Cove and Harker Heights are both very nice. There are also some up-and-coming neighborhoods off of Clear Creek Rd in West Killeen that are nice. Nolanville and Kempner are both really far from post. If you choose to live there then never expect your husband home after PT or for lunch. The commute with traffic is too long. I get you on the cooler weather thing since I'm originally a MN girl myself but prepare yourself for hot(ter than hell), brown and dry. This year has been weird in that we have had far more rain than normal so right now everything is actually green

    Commissary and PX are nice but somewhat limited. I shop at both regularly and supplement whatever I cant get there with trips to Walmart, stay away from the one in Killeen . I work well over full time so I dont really have a life or time for anything but house chores. No help there, sorry.

    Scott and White, Seton Medical and Metroplex are the main hospitals in the area with several smaller clinics and whatnot spread out throughout the area. As a PCSing spouse on your husband's orders you will be able to take advantage of CPAC to help with resources to find a job.

    If you have anymore questions I'd be happy to help.
    Thanks so much-one question though. Other than AHRN, can you recommend a website to find a decent house at? I've also been to militarybyowner.com and Trulia.

    Hubby is an E4/P, so our BAH is going to be $1017 or so when we get there. Not a lot, even for Texas from what I've seen so far, especially with utilities.

    In a perfect world, we'd find a house in a decent neighborhood, close to decent schools, with a fenced backyard, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and at least 1400 sf. For the BAH, houses do seem to be smaller out there that what I've seen in other areas. Our kids (from my previous marriage) are 11 and 10, boy and girl, and let's just say having two kids nearing puberty has led me to believe they need some space. I haven't seen many 2 story houses in our price range either, maybe because of the climate there?

    It's funny that you should mention Scott & White. The company I currently work for in WA is a vendor who pursues reimbursement for them, lol. I've never heard of the other facilities, so I'll have to check them out. What is CPAC?

    Do you know which housing neighborhoods are closest to the two middle schools on post? I've heard that one is in the Copperas Cove district.

    ONE IMPORTANT QUESTION-and I'm not sure how to phrase this correctly-what is the atmosphere on post? I know people talk with their spouses, and obviously things can change with new leadership, but are things super hard core there, or a little more casual, generally speaking? Do certain units have reputations for low morale? It looks like hubby may be going to Operational Test Command, but we know nothing about it. I know it's hard to gauge, but I'm curious about others' perspectives....

    Again, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. It's great to know I will be going to a location with such great support....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyWife71 View Post
    Thanks so much-one question though. Other than AHRN, can you recommend a website to find a decent house at? I've also been to militarybyowner.com and Trulia.

    Hubby is an E4/P, so our BAH is going to be $1017 or so when we get there. Not a lot, even for Texas from what I've seen so far, especially with utilities.

    In a perfect world, we'd find a house in a decent neighborhood, close to decent schools, with a fenced backyard, 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, and at least 1400 sf. For the BAH, houses do seem to be smaller out there that what I've seen in other areas. Our kids (from my previous marriage) are 11 and 10, boy and girl, and let's just say having two kids nearing puberty has led me to believe they need some space. I haven't seen many 2 story houses in our price range either, maybe because of the climate there?

    It's funny that you should mention Scott & White. The company I currently work for in WA is a vendor who pursues reimbursement for them, lol. I've never heard of the other facilities, so I'll have to check them out. What is CPAC?

    Do you know which housing neighborhoods are closest to the two middle schools on post? I've heard that one is in the Copperas Cove district.

    ONE IMPORTANT QUESTION-and I'm not sure how to phrase this correctly-what is the atmosphere on post? I know people talk with their spouses, and obviously things can change with new leadership, but are things super hard core there, or a little more casual, generally speaking? Do certain units have reputations for low morale? It looks like hubby may be going to Operational Test Command, but we know nothing about it. I know it's hard to gauge, but I'm curious about others' perspectives....

    Again, thank you so much for taking the time to respond. It's great to know I will be going to a location with such great support....
    No clue. We live on post and never bother looking off post. I'll point Amandalouwho2 in the direction of this thread. She might be able to help with that better than I can.

    I'm expecting my first so I can't speak from experience about the schools but the friends I have with kids say the schools suck. This is TX; ranch style houses are more popular than 2 story.

    CPAC is the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center. It helps with the job hunt. They also have classes if you need help with resumes and things of that nature.

    Comanche neighborhoods (there are 3) are the closest to both middle schools. There are 2 elementary schools in that area too.

    Post sucks. Disciple is lax and morale is low. Falsified documents and denied medical care are the norm. IG, JAG and CID are all over-worked and understaffed for the size of the post and the amount of corruption on this post. If I'm remembering correctly who the Operational Test Command is under then you got lucky. They are stationed on West Fort Hood which is a whole other world. They keep their soldiers in line. Just a heads up though, Inprocessing here is known for changing orders last minute.

    I probably wont be here by the time you get here and if I am I wont be for long. The other ladies on here who are stationed here are great though.

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    We live off post in Killeen (Fort Hood) and my husband is an E-4 specialist so I can give you a pretty good break down on like what bills estimate etc. with the BAH you get for this area and what areas are good versus bad!

    Also, what you described that you're looking for house wise is pretty much exactly what our neighborhood is like, we have a 3 bedroom 2 bath place, quiet neighborhood and huge fenced in back yard. I like it here and the price range is extremely affordable.

    School wise though, I haven't really heard great things about KISD which is the only downfall about that. My family we grew up in Georgetown and my dad commuted to Hood my entire life which was about 45 minutes from Georgetown but I grew up in that school district and they have amazing schools. I'm going to have to think school wise what we want to do once our daughter is old enough for school if we want to stay or go back to Georgetown but she's only 3 right now!

    Ummm shopping and food wise, Harker Heights is going to be your go to spot for that, they have a huge shopping center and it's a lot nicer than say the mall in Killeen.

    As for post, eh it's not THAT horrid. Like a PP said, way to lax on rules and it is way too big but there is stuff to do.

    I can point you in the right direction though for rental companies that could help you, I really like ours but the only thing that sucks is they won't do personal checks or cash for rent, you can set up a auto draft but we prefer to get a cashiers check at the USAA center right in Killeen. But they've had a lot of signs in the area showing that there are rentals open and since its a military town people are always moving and like I said these duplexes are really nice.

    Let me know if you have questions.


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    OH and job wise, there is Metroplex which is the hospital literally 2 minutes from my house, they have Seton in Harker Heights that I've seen ads for that position and Scott and White in Temple but that's like a 40 minute drive to there... They're building a new hospital on post though so I can imagine once that opens they will need a LOT of people. Also, go to USAjobs.gov and start looking, since you're married and moving here to Hood you can claim spousal preference for a position you apply for and get pulled a lot quicker if you meet the qualifications for the position.

    My husband is actually from Washington too so he can relate on the whole weather shock issue but it's not that bad. The summers are not AS bad as they used to be. But it can definitely get hot.


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    Thank you! These are the kinds of things I need to know. My husband was navy for 10 years, and it's more of a 'big boy' system than one where people are micromanaged. The unit he's in now at Lewis is particularly anal. I don't want things crazy, but I'd like to see him treated more like the man he is.

    I've been looking at houses, and it appears that deposits aren't too bad. Pet deposits seem to vary widely. I was looking at a rental site called Hunter Rentals or something like that earlier today. I've been trying to get a feel for the area and how close we would be to various amenities. I have a feeling we will try and fly down there and just check it out for ourselves in September. Is Austin the closest airport? It seems like most houses in our price range are 1200 sf and under. I was hoping for bigger, but we may not have a choice.

    How about utilities, sewer, water, garbage? On average, how much extra do you shell out for that?

    Thanks again for the information. I'm obsessive about research, and I like to be prepared!

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    We live off post in Killeen (Fort Hood) and my husband is an E-4 specialist so I can give you a pretty good break down on like what bills estimate etc. with the BAH you get for this area and what areas are good versus bad!

    Also, what you described that you're looking for house wise is pretty much exactly what our neighborhood is like, we have a 3 bedroom 2 bath place, quiet neighborhood and huge fenced in back yard. I like it here and the price range is extremely affordable.

    School wise though, I haven't really heard great things about KISD which is the only downfall about that. My family we grew up in Georgetown and my dad commuted to Hood my entire life which was about 45 minutes from Georgetown but I grew up in that school district and they have amazing schools. I'm going to have to think school wise what we want to do once our daughter is old enough for school if we want to stay or go back to Georgetown but she's only 3 right now!

    Ummm shopping and food wise, Harker Heights is going to be your go to spot for that, they have a huge shopping center and it's a lot nicer than say the mall in Killeen.

    As for post, eh it's not THAT horrid. Like a PP said, way to lax on rules and it is way too big but there is stuff to do.

    I can point you in the right direction though for rental companies that could help you, I really like ours but the only thing that sucks is they won't do personal checks or cash for rent, you can set up a auto draft but we prefer to get a cashiers check at the USAA center right in Killeen. But they've had a lot of signs in the area showing that there are rentals open and since its a military town people are always moving and like I said these duplexes are really nice.

    Let me know if you have questions.
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