From the Homefront: A parent’s guide to surviving summer break

Unsure how to keep your school-age crew busy this summer? This From the Homefront blog offers tips to keep your little ones (and even your older little ones!) entertained this summer – for FREE or at least a little cheaper!


From the Homefront: Military spouses leaving jobs should prepare early for unemployment benefits

Planning ahead can be instrumental in not only finding employment following a move, but also in getting unemployment benefits. Learn more in this From the Homefront blog.


From the Homefront: Special needs advocate named Coast Guard Spouse of the Year

When her son was first diagnosed with autism, Mary Nelson struggled to find the right services for him. She didn’t know where to go or whom to ask for help or information. Little things compounded and they became big issues. Since then, she has aimed to make sure no one else struggles in the same way. Her efforts earned her this year’s Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year award.


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: 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.


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