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Old 07-31-2008, 07:39 AM
 
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Hi, I am a pre-pharmacy student with three wonderful children and a great husband who is going to be stationed at Fort Hood. I am a little scared because I have never been to Texas and we will not have any family or firends there to help us if needed. I do not know the areas their, but from reading some of the forums about the gardens and the horses sound so nice even though I am from Florida (smile). The school system is very important and having a safe and family oriented area to purchase a home is as well. I am use to being the single parent in school taking care of three children while my husband is deployed, (he is signal) so I need some help. Can someone help me please? Thanks In Advance.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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There are some towns around there that are very nice and safe. I don't personally know much about the area, but my husband drives there quite often because of work. If you also post this on the main Texas forum, there are some posters there who live near there and work on base, I think Bellestar being one of them. You should get lots of great info.
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Old 08-09-2008, 12:17 AM
 
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Welcome to Fort Hood!

I ache to be back there; we just pcs'd to California from five years there at Hood. Yeah, the op tempo will kill you (50,000 soldiers there, not including families), but somehow it remains a very small town.

It depends on what you're looking for, but for me, our parish out in Heights was my lifeline during both deployments.

Overall, a lot of people will tell you Go To Heights (Harker Heights). Nicest part of the metro area, but the taxes will slap you silly if you're looking to buy. Lovely area, though, lots of developing going on with new Super Target, Barnes & Noble, etc. Just bordering Heights in south Killeen, however, they are putting up some great neighborhoods that feel just the same as Heights, but without the sobering Heights pricetag.

Cove is nice, too, very family-oriented, and a little farther out from post. Be prepared, though, for a bit of a drive (7 miles from post?), which may or may not be an issue for you with the gas prices, and when it backs up during the commute, you can sit there for a bit.

Be prepared for commuting times. This was non-existent when we got there in 2003, but was a fact of life by the time we left in April 08. At the wrong time of day, it take take you 30-40 minutes to travel 3 miles if you have to be on Hood Street, and there aren't any ways to avoid it if you live by the East Gate. 190 is a n i g h t m a r e during the commute (3:30-6:30/7:00): forewarned is forearmed.

By PCS time, though, I didn't want to go; Texas sunk right into my bones. We like how folks think there and how people care about more than just themselves.

By the way, my DH is Signal, too. "You can talk about us, but you can't talk without us." LOL

Prayers for a smooth and happy move for y'all!

Peace ~O~
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm not a military guy, but I understand Fort Hood has a lot of groups that will help you get to know your neighbors, especially if your husband is deployed. You probably already know about the Family Readiness Group.

There's also this message board: Hood Underground - heart and soul of our Fort Hood community It may help you connect with others.
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Old 08-09-2008, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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We have quite a few Fort Hood families in Georgetown, as well. Close, but not too close, good schools, and they seem to support each other, as well. Just another option to consider.

You say you're a pre-pharmacy student - where will you be studying?
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I used to be stationed at Fort Hood. I actually lived in Round Rock/Georgetown for my last year, but that was when gas wasn't $4.

Harker Heights is the nicest suburb of Fort Hood if you ask me. (Killeen and Copperas Cove being the other ones)

You'll have plenty of resources from the post itself and the Family Support Groups in your husband's unit.
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Old 08-11-2008, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Austin
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My wife use to teach up there in Killeen. I am from Florida also. Texas to me and Florida has some similarities. While Killeen is not really Texas per say since many people are in the Military and are from somewhere else the advantage most people there are from the Military or have roots in the Military thus will be a help to you and your family.
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:01 AM
 
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We have quite a few Fort Hood families in Georgetown, as well. Close, but not too close, good schools, and they seem to support each other, as well. Just another option to consider.

You say you're a pre-pharmacy student - where will you be studying?
Yes I am a Pre-Pharmacy student, I will be attending University Of Texas in Austin
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:03 AM
 
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Welcome to Fort Hood!

I ache to be back there; we just pcs'd to California from five years there at Hood. Yeah, the op tempo will kill you (50,000 soldiers there, not including families), but somehow it remains a very small town.

It depends on what you're looking for, but for me, our parish out in Heights was my lifeline during both deployments.

Overall, a lot of people will tell you Go To Heights (Harker Heights). Nicest part of the metro area, but the taxes will slap you silly if you're looking to buy. Lovely area, though, lots of developing going on with new Super Target, Barnes & Noble, etc. Just bordering Heights in south Killeen, however, they are putting up some great neighborhoods that feel just the same as Heights, but without the sobering Heights pricetag.

Cove is nice, too, very family-oriented, and a little farther out from post. Be prepared, though, for a bit of a drive (7 miles from post?), which may or may not be an issue for you with the gas prices, and when it backs up during the commute, you can sit there for a bit.

Be prepared for commuting times. This was non-existent when we got there in 2003, but was a fact of life by the time we left in April 08. At the wrong time of day, it take take you 30-40 minutes to travel 3 miles if you have to be on Hood Street, and there aren't any ways to avoid it if you live by the East Gate. 190 is a n i g h t m a r e during the commute (3:30-6:30/7:00): forewarned is forearmed.

By PCS time, though, I didn't want to go; Texas sunk right into my bones. We like how folks think there and how people care about more than just themselves.

By the way, my DH is Signal, too. "You can talk about us, but you can't talk without us." LOL

Prayers for a smooth and happy move for y'all!

Peace ~O~
Thank you so much for the information, I appreciate it!
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Old 08-16-2008, 06:06 AM
 
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Thank you all so much for the information thus far, I appreciate you! Be Blessed!
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