From the Homefront: Being away from family during the holidays

If you are a member of a military family, then you probably know what it is like to spend holidays away from your family. It can be difficult and potentially sad when you aren’t able to celebrate the festivities with family, but there are ways to make new traditions and to include your family even if they aren’t nearby! As we head into November, and the holidays are just on the horizon, Coast Guard families offer tips on how they have made it a little easier to celebrate when we are far from our loved ones.

National Adoption Month 2016: Supporting Older Youth Adoption

November is National Adoption Month, an initiative uniting partnerships between federal, state and local agencies. There are thousands of older youth currently in foster care waiting for adoption. It has become an annual tradition to highlight some remarkable Coast Guard families who have opened their hearts and homes to adopt a child or in several instances, multiple children. All of these families took advantage of the resources and benefits available to Coast Guard members interested in adoption. Read the post to learn more about National Adoption Month and the benefits available to military members who adopt.

Coast Guard Family Month: Our family is our strength

November will focus on Coast Guard families as there are three national observances recognized this month; National Military Family Month, National Adoption Month, and Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, it is the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving recognized towards the end of the month. In recognition of these observances and the upcoming holiday, we are dedicating November to our families. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Steve Cantrell, and his wife Janet, ombudsman-at-large, kick off the first post of the series. Stay tuned for more blogs this month about who is a part of the larger Coast Guard family and how the service takes care of Coast Guard families.

Paratus Report

Paratus Report, Episode 14

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! This month is dedicated to Coast Guard families. Ombudsman-at-Large, Mrs. Janet Cantrell, discusses the importance of the ombudsman program and other resources available to help support our Coast Guard families. There are numerous benefits and programs available to our Coast Guard families, like the Adoption Reimbursement Program, Spouse Employment Program, Child Care Program, and Special Needs Program, just to name a few. You will also learn how to make a delicious dessert for your Thanksgiving meal – it’s all on this episode of the Paratus Report!

Stay-Ashore Dad

Accustomed to being the spouse who went to sea, Petty Officer 2nd Class Nyles Farnsworth found himself in the position of being the spouse left on shore when his wife deployed with the U.S. Navy. It was a role swap that he didn’t quite understand until he was the only one at home.

From the Homefront

From the Homefront: Making ‘geobaching’ work for you

Dual careers, kids in school, timing, stability — these are all reasons Coast Guard families have chosen to live apart during a tour. Becoming geographic bachelors, or geobaching, means a sacrifice of not only living a distance apart, but financing dual households and missing out on day-to-day family life.

From the Homefront: Building communities through spouse clubs

Amanda Murray was looking for a way to build a stronger community at Coast Guard Station Grand Isle, Louisiana. The Coast Guard recognizes the integral part spouses’ clubs can play in granting a sense of belonging and community to families by providing support and fellowship or offering education or community service.

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