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Old 05-16-2015, 10:53 AM
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hi.my hubby will be retiring from military in august and will be moving to area this summer.he wants to go to university of Montana if possible and try to live of of military retirement.but looking at rentals on line looks like rents are pretty $ in Missoula area.we also have 2 kiddos 5 and 8.so good schools are really important for us.from what we found so far was cheep rents= bad school ratings.any recommendations on other tows ,city's not to far from the university.hubby said he would not mind the drive.also would anyone happen to know anything about good dr in are that take Tricare.we have son that will be needing developmental health dr.pain management for me.i guess hubby will have to deal with good old VA .we are curently in Fort Hood TX and counting min until we cant leave.never bin to Montana but was told its beautiful there.any other information you could share would be great.

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Old 05-16-2015, 03:34 PM
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Hi, welcome to the Montana Forum.

Just wanted to mention that Montana has only 1 VA hospital and it is in Helena. However, the have several outstanding clinics, spread throughout the state. The clinics handle minor things, but if needed, they will send the patient to Helena, and if qualified, pay milage, both directions.
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Old 05-16-2015, 05:50 PM
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thank you.from my understanding he will be dealing with the VA system kiddos and i can go to any dr that takes tricare standard
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:27 PM
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Hi, and welcome! There are several towns within driving distance, depending on how far your husband is willing to drive. Of course, being close to school is an advantage. Having a wife and children myself when i went to the U of of M, I drove exactly 100 miles from Bigfork to Missoula, 3 times a week. Not exactly ideal, but I made the best of it- woke up at 430 am, left by 515, and always got to school early enough for a great parking spot, and was usually 20- 30 minutes early for class. That was 5 years ago. Winter driving was slower a few times, but never dangerous or anything. My point is, decide how far your husband is willing to commute, then look at a map to see the towns within that range. Then you can start looking at rental property in those areas. You will find much more affordable housing the further you are from the school. Just make sure you take the rising cost of fuel into consideration, and decide if its worth the extra gas expenses and time on the road. I was fortunate enough to get in classes that met on Mon, wed, and fri., with some Tues and Thurs classes every now and then. Good luck! hope that helps!
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Old 06-10-2015, 09:53 AM
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I want to add real quick that you may want to consider the fact that College Kids will also rent in the same places within the City, as you would. Keep that in mind...

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I moved here after my kid finished High School. And now goes to U.of M. Go Griz!

Maybe this info will be of some help in the "kiddos" department: Missoula, MT schools - ratings for public & private schools - Trulia.com
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