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From the Homefront: 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year

A word often-used to describe military kids is resilience. One Coast Guard kid has brought new meaning to the word, and even received a national award in recognition for her enduring spirit in the face of adversity. Mary Kate Cooper, 17, is that kid, well, teen! Read the full blog to hear about her story. Congratulations to Mary on her selection as not only Operation Homefront’s Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, but the overall winner out of all five military service branches! Great job representing Team Coast Guard!


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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.


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Take Action: Month of the Military Child – Support military kids through sports

Think back to your youth. Do you have a favorite sports team that dates back to when you were just a kid? If you grew up in just one location, maybe your team is a no-brainer. But for many military children, who might live in multiple cities during their young life, that question could be more difficult. However, there is one team that they should always be able to count on, and that is Team Coast Guard! And in the case of this story, the United Heroes League and the Washington Capitals also have our military children’s backs. April is Month of the Military Child; take time to support our military children!


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Spring into Action: Five national campaigns to know this month

April is “Spring into Action Month” that will highlight five national campaigns: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child, Volunteer Month, and Financial Literacy Month all require us to take action of some kind. Throughout the month of April, we will highlight how even the smallest action can make a big impact to those around you.


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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.


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Announcing: The 2016 Month of the Military Child Art and Essay Contest

This year, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard is launching the 2016 Month of the Military Child Art and Essay Contest – to give Coast Guard kids a chance to tell us all, through their words or their art, what it’s like to be a military child


The Fike family, from left, Keegan, Rebecca, Brent and Rebecca. Keegan, 17, was selected as the Coast Guard Military Child of the Year by Operation Homefront. Photo courtesy of Lt. Brent Fike.

From the Homefront: 2016 Coast Guard military child of the year

Some important numbers in 17-year-old Keegan Fike’s life as a Coast Guard kid: 125 months of his dad’s deployments and six moves. However, those numbers have not stopped him from thriving in all of the towns in which he has lived and finding ways to give back to the communities that have helped him belong. Operation Homefront named Keegan Fike the Coast Guard military child of the year.


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Honor, respect and dependents on duty

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham Riley and Chris Hollandsworth are getting ready for significant life changes — Riley is preparing herself to move away for college and Chris is preparing to become the man of the house.


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From the Homefront: What our kids love about the Coast Guard

Coast Guard kids have to weather a lot of storms, both literal and figurative, as they grow up in military life. The moving, the deployed parents, the new schools, the uncertainty. It can be wearing. In celebration of the Month of the Military Child, we asked Coastie kids (including my own two) what they liked best about Coast Guard life.


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Month of the Military Child 2015

Each year, the month of April is designated as the “Month of the Military Child.” This month celebrates military children who contribute to their family’s well-being and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the nation, including frequent moves, parent deployments, adjustment to new schools and the loss of friendships.


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