Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!

Coast Guard Family Month: Letters from home

“Mail call” is a sweet phrase to hear when you are deep in the throes of an intense eight-week indoctrination. In today’s world, where technology enables you to connect with loved ones in an instant, it’s hard to imagine a time when hand written letters were the primary source used to share news, check on the well being of another or simply say ‘I love you” to people far away. The hand written letter is an antiquated correspondence that has been largely rendered obsolete by the existence of instant communication. There is, however, a small contingent of the younger population who now become giddy at the sight of a mail truck since letters are the only form of connection and comfort with family and friends outside the walls of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.

Coast Guard Family Month: Life insurance is peace of mind for your family

Life insurance is one of the most valuable financial tools you can own, providing financial security and peace of mind for you and your family. If you don’t think you need it because you are young, or single with no kids, you could be wrong. Read the article to see why life insurance can be a critical part of your financial security – especially when you’re just starting out in life.

Coast Guard Family Month: The Honor Guard’s creed; a commitment to servicemembers and their families

The Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard has a unique duty to represent the Commandant, the Military District of Washington and the United States Coast Guard through ceremonial operations held before world leaders and dignitaries. But they also have the distinct honor to help ensure that families have a special moment to remember their loved ones’ service to their country. This includes providing military honors for funerals at Arlington National Cemetery. Continue to the post to read one Honor Guardsman’s thoughts on what it means to be part of such an humbling event.

Coast Guard Family Month: Spouse employment and transition resources

Being a Coast Guard spouse can be difficult at times. Between deployments, training, and PCS moves, finding a job or starting a career could seem impossible for spouses. But that isn’t the case! CG SUPRT offers free spouse employment and transition resources to help Coast Guard spouses navigate moving and transition-related challenges. Spouses can call CG SUPRT 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get assistance.

Coast Guard Family Month: Special Needs Program helps real life heroes

Parenting has its challenges, but on top of that, parents of children with special needs have some extra challenges. The need for specialized doctors and to be assigned in an area close to family for support are just a couple of those. Brittany Joseph, Coast Guardsman and single mom to a daughter with special needs, wants others to know they are not alone if they have a child with special needs. She discusses how the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program has allowed her to be the best mom and servicemember that she can be. The Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program provides a comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to community support, housing, medical, educational, and personnel services for Coast Guard families with special needs. Read the full post to learn more about the Joseph family and the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program.

Parental leave for Coast Guard families: Time for the family to bond

In February 2016, the Coast Guard extended its maternity leave policy from six weeks to 12 weeks. In order to ensure the policy is achieving its objectives, the Commandant has tasked the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CG-12B) to undertake an assessment of the maternity leave policy as an initiative under the Human Capital Strategy (HCS). Many initiatives under the HCS have the objective of making changes that matter to not only our active duty and reserve service members, but also to our civilian contingent. As we share new policies coming out of the HCS, we hope that you will subscribe to the All Hands blog and the Paratus Report to get the latest updates on how the Coast Guard is working to fulfill its Duty to People. This post highlights two dual-military couples that have had children under the new policy and how this new policy has affected their personal and professional lives.

From the Homefront: Being away from family during the holidays

If you are a member of a military family, then you probably know what it is like to spend holidays away from your family. It can be difficult and potentially sad when you aren’t able to celebrate the festivities with family, but there are ways to make new traditions and to include your family even if they aren’t nearby! As we head into November, and the holidays are just on the horizon, Coast Guard families offer tips on how they have made it a little easier to celebrate when we are far from our loved ones.

National Adoption Month 2016: Supporting Older Youth Adoption

November is National Adoption Month, an initiative uniting partnerships between federal, state and local agencies. There are thousands of older youth currently in foster care waiting for adoption. It has become an annual tradition to highlight some remarkable Coast Guard families who have opened their hearts and homes to adopt a child or in several instances, multiple children. All of these families took advantage of the resources and benefits available to Coast Guard members interested in adoption. Read the post to learn more about National Adoption Month and the benefits available to military members who adopt.

Coast Guard Family Month: Our family is our strength

November will focus on Coast Guard families as there are three national observances recognized this month; National Military Family Month, National Adoption Month, and Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, it is the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving recognized towards the end of the month. In recognition of these observances and the upcoming holiday, we are dedicating November to our families. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Steve Cantrell, and his wife Janet, ombudsman-at-large, kick off the first post of the series. Stay tuned for more blogs this month about who is a part of the larger Coast Guard family and how the service takes care of Coast Guard families.

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