The Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided thousands of Coast Guard members and their families with education and housing benefits over the years. In fact, the ability for members and veterans to transfer a portion of their benefits to their spouse or child has been one of the most popular aspects of the program. Effective August
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, prohibiting extension of Federal benefits to same-sex spouses of civilian employees of Federal agencies, was unconstitutional. As a result, the Office of Personnel Management released a memo on July 3 outlining the process by which spouses of civilian Federal employees in legal same-sex marriages could apply for Federal benefits, including – but not limited to – healthcare and life insurance.
In 2013, the scholarship fund awarded more than $445,000 to more than 60 deserving Coast Guard children. We are proud to say that we were able to provide every qualified applicant with a grant this year.
The Coast Guard has honored me with the invitation to blog about military family life. That’s all the instruction I have – I can talk about anything that matters to us. Some of the topics to come are: adjusting to your new community after a PCS, helping your kids adjust to their new schools, housing, childcare, and the obstacles to military spouse employment. My priority is simple: I want to be sure that there is not one Coastie spouse out there who feels lost, alone or confused. There are thousands of us out there ready, willing and able to offer support, guidance, humor and compassion. My job is to do that from right here.
Our friends over at the Transportation Security Administration appreciate the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make and have created programs – along with participating airlines – to support military personnel and their families traveling through our nation’s airports. One such benefit is the military family member gate pass.
A cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall featuring Uncle Sam celebrating America’s 237th birthday.
I am immensely proud of our nation and our Coast Guard. As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate this Fourth of July, let us remember all of those who have served and be thankful for all those who stand the watch today.
Independence Day is a highlight of the summer and for many people there’s a lot of excitement around setting off colorful fireworks and grilling outdoors. As you plan your Fourth of July celebration with family and friends, please consider the following safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to ensure your holiday weekend is a safe one.
Coast Guard All Hands will be your blog. Much like the All-Hands sessions I have conducted with thousands of you around the world, it will be a blog focused on two-way communication directly with the Coast Guard workforce along with their families. Via All Hands articles you will be able to learn about the latest policy changes, the expansion of military benefits or get some tips on how to study for the next servicewide exam. In addition, All Hands will provide a forum to weigh in on these issues, offer advice to your shipmates and offer your feedback to senior leadership.
Coast Guard All Hands is a national-level tool providing U.S. Coast Guard senior leadership, headquarters programs and major field commands with a dissemination vehicle to communicate with our workforce and their families on nationally-relevant issues – everything from uniform changes, to health and fitness tips, personnel reductions and updates to education benefits – in a real-time,