From The Homefront: The Power of a Good Story

After four years, hundreds of interviews and thousands of words, this will be my last installment of From the Homefront, and I wanted to take the chance to express my gratitude for the opportunity to share your lives in this space.


From The Homefront: High school transfers

Military kids who transfer during high school face uncertainty about their standing and when they will graduate. Meanwhile, their families may face decisions about whether to live separately or to leave the service to avoid the disruption.


From the Homefront: Back to School

Back to school for many families is marked by new backpacks and school supplies, plotting bus routes and waiting to hear the names of new teachers. But for others, it means preparing curricula, sorting out the daily schedule and planning events with like-minded families who teach from home. Learn about four Coast Guard families who are part of the thousands of military families who choose to homeschool.


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!


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