Military families share what they’re thankful for in this November edition of Dear Coast Guard Family.
Military families are inspiring! Around the world, military families are waiting by the phone or computer for word from their service member. A child is taking their first step, while their parent serves abroad. Although their days aren’t always easy, they push forward. During the month of November, and throughout the year, we recognize and celebrate our incredible Coast Guard families.
Like other military members, Coast Guard Academy cadets are often far away from their family during their intense four-year academic journey. Some cadets are even from outside of the U.S. This is why the camaraderie is strong between cadets, and why the families that surround the Academy are so important. Many cadets that live close to the Academy will take friends home for weekends and holidays by the vanload, and Academy staff and local community members also open their homes to cadets, which helps ease homesickness for those cadets that are unable to spend holidays with their own families. Read a couple of cadets’ thoughts about this new take on “family.”
With November being Coast Guard Family Month, many think about their spouses and children. But often, family also includes older family members that have become dependent on your care. Caring for an elderly relative can be a wonderful time for both of you to get closer, but it also can become demanding, stressful, unpredictable and exhausting, taking a toll on you and even causing difficulties at work. November is also National Family Caregivers Month and CG SUPRT would like to highlight the resources and services available to make caregiving easier and to support the caregivers in your family.
Being a Coast Guard spouse can be difficult at times. Between deployments, training, and PCS moves, finding a job or starting a career could seem impossible for spouses. But that isn’t the case! CG SUPRT offers free spouse employment and transition resources to help Coast Guard spouses navigate moving and transition-related challenges. Spouses can call CG SUPRT 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get assistance.
Have you recently adopted a child, will you soon have stepchildren as part of your family, do you want to be a foster parent? It is important to understand the benefits for these children so they can receive the appropriate care and coverage. This post outlines some of the questions and answers you may have regarding adoptions, stepchildren, and foster children.
Parenting can be stressful whether you are a stay-at-home mother, father, single parent, dual military family or any other of the many types of families in the Coast Guard. CG SUPRT is there to help before it becomes too much to handle. Read more to see what CG SUPRT can do for you.
Dual military couples, those who both serve, have their own unique challenges balancing their work lives and personal lives, such as transferring to the same place, planning a career trajectory that serves both, or working out family schedules. Three such couples shared their experiences and advice on how to make it work.
I’ve boiled down the main recommendations from MCRMC. There are more explanations and details in the report, but this will get you started in seeing how it all could affect you.
Each year, the holidays bring special focus on gathering with our families and celebrating the traditions that bring us meaning. This holiday season is no different for the Coast Guard family, which has come together to carry on some historic and meaningful traditions to serve one another and the communities in which we live.