From the Homefront: Job-hopping as a career positive

Trying to find work as a military spouse means that you will face the inevitable question about why you have had so many jobs in so many places. Or worse – if they don’t ask, and they assume you have trouble keeping a job. Here’s some tips and advice for Coast Guard spouses on the hunt for a new job.


From the Homefront: Hurricane evacuations

Coast Guard spouses from hurricanes Harvey, Sandy and Matthew give some advice to others for hurricane evacuation preparations.


From the Homefront: Coast Guard cities celebrated for embracing the community

Picture this: You are walking through a quaint small town and every shop window is decorated to celebrate the Coast Guard. As you step off the curb to cross the street, strangers thank you for your service. Repeatedly. And in the distance, home after home is decorated with ships, anchors, helicopters, and the Coast Guard’s ensign. These cities don’t just show their support for the Coast Guard this week, for Coast Guard Day, but all year long in a variety of ways. A Coast Guard City has to show a continued effort to go above and beyond in support.


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.


Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!


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: Military kids and mental health – Know the warning signs

While military kids can be incredibly resilient, sometimes they need some extra help in navigating the emotional upheaval they experience. Several studies in recent years have shown that military kids have a higher risk of mental health issues and depression than children in civilian households. As we wrap up the Month of the Military Child, a military expert in psychology, and a mother of two children herself, offers insight into why there is an increase in depression and how to respond to it.


Take Action: Earth Day and Volunteer Month: The perfect opportunity to help our planet

April 22 is Earth Day and since this month is also Volunteer Month, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight ways to help our planet. It’s a chance to think about how our actions impact our environment. Volunteering on Earth Day is a great thing to do — you can join efforts to plant trees or pick up trash in your community. Aside from volunteering for an organized event, there are actions you can take on a daily basis to do your part in protecting our planet. Check out the blog to learn more!


Paratus Report: April 2017, Episode 2

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team and the 2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award winners. You don’t want to miss it!


Take Action: Alcohol Awareness Month – Think before you drink

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, designed to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcohol-related issues. The effects of alcohol misuse and abuse continue to be significant for the Coast Guard and have an impact on our ability to execute our missions. It’s your duty to protect your shipmates if they’re at risk of hurting themselves or someone else. Intervening early and at low levels, such as by asking an intoxicated member if he/she has a plan for transportation home or ensuring he/she is not left alone, makes it less likely that the situation will escalate. In other words, taking action early should curtail or put an end to the dangerous situation, thus preventing an alcohol incident.


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