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: 2018 Military Child of the Year Award submissions

Moving to new towns, always being the new kid, waiting at home for a deployed parent. Then finding time to excel in schoolwork, enjoying sports and the arts, and giving back to their communities. Coast Guard kids can not only thrive among the obstacles, but they can excel. Operation Homefront is looking for nominations of exceptional Coast Guard kids to be considered for the 2018 Military Child of the Year Award.

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: 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: 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: Navigating resources in a military divorce

Divorce for military couples have an added layer of confusion because of the special legalities of pay, benefits, and states of residence that civilian couples don’t have to negotiate. For families considering divorce or trying to figure out how to go about it, there are some things to know from the outset. This article isn’t legal advice, just informational guidance.

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.

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