April is “Spring into Action Month” that highlights five national campaigns; Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child, Volunteer Month, and Financial Literacy Month. These all require us to take action of some kind.
The Coast Guard is a service of action. Each day, Coast Guard members and their families play an active role in their jobs, their communities and their homes. Throughout the month of April, we will highlight how even the smallest action can make a big impact to those around you.
Follow this series here on All Hands to learn more about all of these five national campaigns.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Take action – Don’t be a bystander
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue, and we need everyone’s help to end it.
The Coast Guard seeks to eliminate sexual harassment by creating a culture of prevention through education and training, response capability, victim support, reporting procedures, and accountability in order to enhance the safety and well-being of all members.
Here is a list of Sexual Assault Awareness Month resources:
- Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.
- Go to https://www.safehelpline.org, or call the Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247.
- Go to www.CGSUPRT.com, or call 855-247-8778.
- List of Sexual Assault Response Coordinators (SARCs).
- For additional information, go to the Coast Guard Work-Life SAPR page or Work-Life’s Employee Assistance page .
Alcohol Awareness Month: Take action – Stop alcohol abuse
Alcohol Awareness Month was established in 1987 to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to reach out to the American public with information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However people can and do recover. In fact, it is estimated that as many as 20 million individuals and family members are living lives in recovery!
If you or someone you know is struggling with alcoholism abuse and addiction, there is help.
- CG SUPRT, the Coast Guard Employee Assistance Program, can assist in an emergency, providing counseling, and helping you obtain resources.
- CG SUPRT is available to active duty members, select reserve, civilian employees and family members.
- Call 855-CGSUPRT (855-247-8778) at any time.
- For additional information about recovery, visit the Coast Guard Work-Life Substance Abuse page .
- View the Alcohol Awareness Month ALCOAST here.
Month of the Military Child: Take action – Support military children
Each year, the month of April is designated as the “Month of the Military Child.” This month celebrates military children who contribute to their family’s well-being and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the nation, including frequent moves, parent deployments, adjustment to new schools and the loss of friendships. In facing these challenges, young people demonstrate their resilience, understanding, and support of a lifestyle, which is not fully understood by the public. In their own way, military connected children serve alongside their military parents.
There are over 2 million children with parents who are serving in the U.S. military. Of these 2 million, a little over 29,000 are Coast Guard children that range from newborn to 12 years-old. There are an additional 6,000 Coast Guard children between the ages of 13 to 18.
Take time this month to pay tribute to these children and teens, and recognize the challenges associated with being a member of a military family.
National Volunteer Month: Take action – Pledge to volunteer
President Nixon created the first National Volunteer Week in 1974, and now the entire month of April is used to recognize volunteers and their service. Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be helping out at a local food bank or church, or coaching your child’s soccer team. Once a week or once a month, every minute helps!
The Coast Guard encompasses numerous volunteers. Many of our active duty members, reservists, civilians, and even military families take on volunteer efforts in their communities. This is wonderful to see and it truly extends our humanitarian missions.
However, the largest group of volunteers is our Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Auxiliary serves as a force multiplier to the U. S. Coast Guard, working alongside active duty and reserve shipmates performing similar tasks and has units all throughout the nation – including all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. These members are some of the most dedicated and devoted volunteers in the world. As uniformed civilian volunteers, its 28,000 members give freely of their time and talents. The Auxiliary not only supports, but exemplifies the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.
Financial Literacy Month: Take action – Manage your money
April is the official National Financial Literacy Month; however, regardless of the day or month of the year you begin, it is important for you to know about your finances in order to be prepared for your future. Financial wellness includes taking the initiative to learn about good money management skills. It is not just about the amount of money you make, but how you proactively take small actions to save money.
This year’s National Financial Literacy Month is especially important as approximately 23,300 active duty and 6,450 reserve members must make a choice on which retirement option will provide them the best bang for their buck. It is necessary for these members to understand all facets of the new Blended Retirement System, including the financial component called the Thrift Savings Plan.
Check out these links to learn more:
- For BRS Member Training
- For Command and Supervisor Training
- For BRS Spouse Training
- For BRS Webinars