Amanda Gornik is the ombudsman for the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, homeported in Boston. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gornik.

From the Homefront: Ombudsmen share their secrets to success

Every Coast Guard ombudsman has a list of favored resources and services that are as distinct as the families they serve. Families’ needs, whether on cutters, at stations or “geobaching,” are diverse and ombudsmen are prepared to respond. This week, I asked them to open their toolboxes and share the resources they find most useful for Coastie families.


Mrs. Linda Kapral Papp speaks at a Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program breakfast in Seattle May 26, 2011. The Yellow Ribbon Program supports military familiies before, during and after oversees deployments. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Yellow Ribbon Program: Supporting Coast Guard Reserve families

One of the most exciting times in the Coast Guard Reserve is getting the call to action. Deployments put training and proficiency to the test. They are also one of the most stressful times for Reserve members and their families. Fortunately, the Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program is there to help!