From the Homefront: Month of the Military Child – How to prepare kids for a move

If there is one constant in a military child’s life, it is change. And life changes are often most dramatic during moves. The average military kid will move six to nine times during their schooling, meaning upheaval becomes the norm. In honor of April being the Month of the Military Child, this blog highlights issues pertaining to kids and their parents and we are sharing some creative ways to get kids ready for moves.


From the Homefront: Coast Guard families share their journeys on the autism spectrum

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), five families share their stories of Coast Guard life with a loved one on the autism spectrum. Read the full blog to learn more about accepting, understanding, and loving those with autism.


From the Homefront: Ombudsman who serves seven units selected for award

Rachel Conley was selected as the Wanda Allen-Yearout Coast Guard Ombudsman of the Year. The award recognizes an ombudsman each year who has shown exceptional commitment to supporting Coast Guard families, and it was named after a woman who worked tirelessly more than 30 years ago to help build an ombudsman program for the service.


From the Homefront: Spouses support and connect over the miles

For spouses who live far from Coast Guard units, finding support can be more difficult. But by using creative thinking and technology, the miles between spouses can disappear. One group explains how it provides connections and camaraderie even though no one lives in the same area.


From the Homefront: Blended Retirement System Opt-In Training is for spouses too

As a dependent, did you know that there is a new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that your spouse may be eligible for? Beginning in 2018, active duty members with fewer than 12 years of service or reserve members with fewer than 4,320 points can choose to enroll in the modernized BRS. Deciding when to retire is a big decision; one that affects the whole family for years to come. Read the full post to learn more about BRS training that is now available to military spouses to help your family decide what is right for you!


From the Homefront: Making the best out of some not so great orders

Sometimes the Coast Guard sends members and their families to places they didn’t wish to go. Instead of dreading it, learn how these families made it work and ended up falling in love with their undesired location. Sometimes the orders you didn’t want can be a blessing in disguise.


From the Homefront: CG SUPRT offers coaching to help you achieve wellness goals

Have you heard of health and wellness coaching? Did you know that CG SUPRT offers free health and wellness coaching for members and dependents? Well it does! I decided to give it a try to start the new year off in a positive way and to help me achieve my resolutions! Read the full post to learn more about CG SUPRT’s free health and wellness coaching, and to learn healthy tips from spouses that are wellness coaches. Bring on 2017!


Crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., hoist a nine-foot holiday wreath onto Brant Point Lighthouse, Dec. 2, 2013, in celebration for the holiday season. The station annually decorates the lighthouse with a wreath during the month of December. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Hannum)

From the Homefront: Coast Guard units spread holiday cheer across the nation

Although we may live in communities for just a few years, Coast Guard families find ways to make it home, and that often means finding ways to give back. This year, four holiday events from locations spanning nearly 13,000 miles join service members and their communities in unique ways as the celebrate the season.


From the Homefront: Thanksgiving recipes and tips from the experts

Thanksgiving; the time of year when stretchy pants make the best dinner pants! Next week at this time, food will be on everyone’s minds and plates! Not sure of your own cooking abilities for this year’s feast? Well never fear, Coast Guard food service specialists share some tips for feeding a large crowd! And if you haven’t planned your own menu yet, make sure to check out the recipes included in this post if you want to take your culinary skills to the next level.


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.


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