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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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General Messages Weekly Round-up

We’ve rounded up some good messages for you this week! Award solicitations, major changes to the Reserve Training Management System, reduction in mandatory training, Good Order and Discipline data is now available and more.


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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.


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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.


Hiring Our Heroes hosts career fairs around the country to help our nation's veterans and military spouses find employment. Photo courtesy of Hiring Our Heroes.

From the Homefront: The courage to try

There is a sign over my desk that reads, “Every accomplishment starts with the courage to try.” I put it there at the lowest point in my search for a job. For those of you who are currently looking for work, or those of you who worry that you will need to find work at some point in the future, here is some inside information on how to improve your chances. This is straight talk from those in the field – they’re not sugarcoating it.


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It’s moving season: Keeping your relationship strong and finances in check during this hectic time

Moving can put a strain on even the strongest of relationships. Not only are you stressed about all the things you need to do, but you also may feel emotional about leaving the place you call home. During the move, it’s more important than ever for you and your partner to work together as a team.


The French family is preparing for their sixth Coast Guard move this summer. Photo courtesy of Heidi French.

From the Homefront: Focus on the things you can control during PCS season

As many of us are finding out where our Coast Guard adventure will take us next, I can feel our collective nervousness rise. I thought this might be a great time for us to share the things we have learned from our first PCS moves to now.