SAN DIEGO - Families wait to be reunited with their loved ones aboard Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell as the 378-foot cutter pulls into homeport in San Diego, Feb. 13, 2014. The Boutwell returned from a 59-day patrol in the Eastern Pacific where they performed critical Coast Guard missions such as interdicting a drug-laden go-fast vessel and conducting three search and rescue missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell.

Dear Coast Guard Family: Military family appreciation

Military families are inspiring! Around the world, military families are waiting by the phone or computer for word from their service member. A child is taking their first step, while their parent serves abroad. Although their days aren’t always easy, they push forward. During the month of November, and throughout the year, we recognize and celebrate our incredible Coast Guard families.