Once a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families by Coast Guard spouse Rachel Conley. In this post, Rachel shares some valuable resources available to Coast Guard families before, during and after a military move.
A word often-used to describe military kids is resilience. One Coast Guard kid has brought new meaning to the word, and even received a national award in recognition for her enduring spirit in the face of adversity. Mary Kate Cooper, 17, is that kid, well, teen! Read the full blog to hear about her story. Congratulations to Mary on her selection as not only Operation Homefront’s Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, but the overall winner out of all five military service branches! Great job representing Team Coast Guard!
Moving can put a strain on even the strongest of relationships. Not only are you stressed about all the things you need to do, but you also may feel emotional about leaving the place you call home. During the move, it’s more important than ever for you and your partner to work together as a team.
As many of us are finding out where our Coast Guard adventure will take us next, I can feel our collective nervousness rise. I thought this might be a great time for us to share the things we have learned from our first PCS moves to now.