When Kodiak, Alaska, residents Courtney Ann and Colin Spencer found out they were expecting a child, it was one of the happiest days of their lives. But when their son Percival was born just 22 weeks and two days into the pregnancy, it was one of the scariest.
In the conversation about health, wellness and performance, we often focus on managing our mental well-being, eating the right foods, and keeping on top of our workouts. It’s important to pay attention to your social fitness as well. In fact, the nature of your relationships with others—such as your partner, family, friends, co-workers, or fellow Coast Guard members—can impact other areas of your health for better or worse.
Military families sacrifice a lot for their nation such as deployments, missing out on milestones and relocation. Military Family Month was created to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the patriots and families who make up America’s military. For one Coast Guard family, staying involved in the community and being active outdoors has helped Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Lawrence and her family stay resilient and loving the Alaskan lifestyle.
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.
Time – it’s a funny thing, isn’t it? Sometimes passing too quickly. Sometimes too slowly. And, it never feels more evident than when you’re facing or experiencing time away from the one that you love.
In the spirit of honoring Coast Guard mothers, we have gathered a few Coast Guard members who had a few things to say about their own mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!
Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!
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.
“Mail call” is a sweet phrase to hear when you are deep in the throes of an intense eight-week indoctrination. In today’s world, where technology enables you to connect with loved ones in an instant, it’s hard to imagine a time when hand written letters were the primary source used to share news, check on the well being of another or simply say ‘I love you” to people far away. The hand written letter is an antiquated correspondence that has been largely rendered obsolete by the existence of instant communication. There is, however, a small contingent of the younger population who now become giddy at the sight of a mail truck since letters are the only form of connection and comfort with family and friends outside the walls of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.
Thanksgiving; the time of year when stretchy pants make the best dinner pants! Next week at this time, food will be on everyone’s minds and plates! Not sure of your own cooking abilities for this year’s feast? Well never fear, Coast Guard food service specialists share some tips for feeding a large crowd! And if you haven’t planned your own menu yet, make sure to check out the recipes included in this post if you want to take your culinary skills to the next level.