UPDATE: Government Shutdown FAQs, CGMA loan information

Frequently asked questions and answers are available here for Coast Guard members, families and civilian employees during the current government shutdown.


Dear Coast Guard Family: Government shutdown FAQs *UPDATED*

A government shutdown can bring questions and uncertainty. In an effort to best support you, official answers to common questions associated with a government shutdown are provided in this blog.


Pictured here are two blue ornaments on a holiday tree at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2018. Many units around the Coast Guard put up holiday decorations to boost help boost morale and show holiday spirit. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jasmine Mieszala)

Dear Coast Guard Family: A Holiday Rhyme

A holiday poem and resources for Coast Guardsmen and their families during the holiday season.


U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ray Ordonia, an optometry technician with the 194th Wing, gestures toward an eye chart at the Mitchell Pauole Community Center in Molokai, Hi., Aug. 12, 2018. Health clinics at Central Maui, Kihei, Lahaina, Hana, Molokai, and Lanai will run from Aug. 11-19, providing medical, dental, and vision services at no cost. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan W. Padish)

TRICARE and You: New vision plan for active duty family members

For the first time ever, vision coverage is available for active duty family members.   


Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Ryan Bennett, a reservist with Coast Guard Station Washington, observes the bright lights of the Capital Wheel while on marine safety patrol near National Harbor, Maryland, Nov. 17, 2018. Reservists serve as a force multiplier in the Coast Guard’s efforts to protect our Nation’s Capital. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charlotte Fritts.

General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.


This old family photo taken on July 1, 2016, shows U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Weber and his family, including the six children the couple adopted from Ukraine. Weber is currently the logistics department head stationed at the Maritime Force Protection Unit in Bangor, Wash. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Weber.

National Adoption Month – Adoption Reimbursements

While November is National Adoption Month, the important messages of National Adoption Month resonate throughout the year. Here’s how the Coast Guard can help members with adoption.


Reagan Campbell, the child of a Wounded Warrior, poses for a photo wearing the hat of a petty officer 2nd class while underway aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Station Ocean City during a visit Oct. 16, 2015. Wounded Warriors from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and their family were invited to Ocean City to participate in a four-day trip to thank the veterans for their service and to provide a break from the pain and suffering of their injuries, and their treatment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Military Child of the Year Award

Operation Homefront is looking for an outstanding Coast Guard teen to be one of seven winners of their Military Child of the Year Awards! Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 5, 2018.


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.


U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Megan Lundgren, 52nd Air Mobility Squadron unit training manager, poses for a portrait while wearing moulage makeup at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 17, 2018. Lundgren volunteered to simulate a victim of domestic violence for one day in support of the Black Eye Campaign. The social experiment utilized volunteers of varied age, rank, gender, ethnicity, occupation, and marital status to keep track of how the base community responded to signs of abuse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Valerie Seelye)

Dear Coast Guard Family: Domestic Violence Prevention and Resources

October is National Domestic Violence Prevention Month, an observance that serves to raise awareness and share resources.  This year’s campaign encourages all of us to “know the signs” of healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviors. 


Chief Petty Officer William Porter, lead dog handler at Marine Safety and Security Team 91101 Seattle, drives past a ferry tollbooth on his way to conduct canine vehicle sweeps at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal in Seattle, April 8, 2015.

TRICARE and You: Coverage while traveling

This blog is the most recent in a series helping members of the Coast Guard family understand how to use their TRICARE benefits.


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