Recognizing and honoring our military families

Written by Lisa Johnson

Lt. Nate Rhodes, a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., stands in front of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter with his wife, Emma, and their 1-year-old daughter, Maylin. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

Lt. Nate Rhodes, a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., stands in front of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter with his wife, Emma, and their 1-year-old daughter, Maylin. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

“America endures because of the men, women, and families who serve and sacrifice to defend our Nation and protect the ideals we hold dear. This month, and in the months to come, let us show our enduring gratitude to military families and their loved ones in uniform for contributing to our Nation’s legacy as a beacon of hope and liberty.” – President Obama

The month of November is celebrated as Military Family Month. If affords us the opportunity to celebrate the sacrifices and contributions service members’ families make year after year.

In his Military Family Month proclamation, President Barack Obama noted that we should “recognize the extraordinary ways in which they give of themselves for us all”. All of these families deserve some recognition and our appreciation.

Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Leilani L. Cale-Jones  recently spoke with the Office of Work-Life about Military Family Month and why it matters to her.

“With military life comes unique challenges, and our families are right there with us with their unwavering support and selfless sacrifices which help to keep those of us wearing the uniform able to do our duties 24/7/365 around the globe,” she said. “In turn, the Coast Guard recognizes the importance of resilient families to mission success. Challenges will come and through our programs such as those found within our Work-Life entity we look to help our families meet and overcome those challenges as we can.”

Those Work-Life services Master Chief Cale-Jones mentions to assist in overcoming family challenges can be found by visiting the Work-Life Programs webpage. Additionally, the CG SUPRT Program provides a wide variety of services to assist Coast Guard personnel and their families. You can visit www.CGSUPRT.com or call 1-855-CG SUPRT (1-855-247-8778), to learn more.

And, please remember as you begin the holiday season and take time to be thankful, celebrate your fellow military families by showing your gratitude and appreciation for all they, and you, do to support the Coast Guard.

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