There’s no place like home… for the holidays

With the holiday season upon us and families preparing for the festivities, we would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the men and women of the Coast Guard and Armed Services who will spend this holiday season […]


Collecting donations

The strength of the military family

Behind every member of the Coast Guard stands a proud parent, sibling, spouse or child. Together they form a strong family, a military family. Alongside their loved ones, family members share the weight of deployments as Coast Guard men and women stand the watch. But they also share the same spirit of service, whether it is to country or community. As a true testament to this service, Coast Guard families came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


Capt. William Csisar's promotion

A Coast Guard family legacy for more than 50 years

The Csisar family’s Coast Guard legacy began in 1958 when the cost of gas was just 24 cents a gallon. Now, with the price of gas much higher, the tradition continues; altogether, the family has seen their loved ones contribute more than 54 years to the Coast Guard.


Shipmate of the Week – Alena Deveau

At only 17, Alena Deveau has traveled to all but one U.S. state. What motivated her to travel across the country? Well it wasn’t necessarily a motivation but a way of life. The way of life for a military child. […]


Cupid’s arrow hits the Coast Guard

On a day where love is all anyone can talk about, it is easy for many military families to feel a little left out. But, to prove it’s still possible to celebrate Valentine’s Day in special ways despite being away […]


Shipmate of the Week – The military family

As Americans reunite with their families this holiday season, our nation’s servicemembers stand the watch. Whether they are at sea defending our nation’s maritime borders, or deployed halfway around the world, their sacrifices can never be truly understood. But, as […]


Service – It runs in the family

November is Military Family Month and serves as a celebration of the service, strength and sacrifice of all military families. Their commitment to each other and our nation is truly inspirational. In honor of military families, we are sharing the […]


Strengthening mission readiness through family services

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. The Coast Guard performs a long list of services on an average day. From saving lives to screening vessels, Coast Guard men and women […]


Ty Pennington with Coast Guardsmen

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition supports Year of the Coast Guard Family

Over the past eight years, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has helped hundreds of people, including nearly two dozen military families, by transforming their homes in an effort to improve their lives. But the show’s producers aren’t stopping there. They are […]


Laura Vanderwerf

Shipmate of the Week – Laura Vanderwerf

“Laura was a crucial part of a team that helped relocate families during Hurricane Katrina in 2005,” said Terry Garrison, close friend and fellow ombudsman. “Family members were able to contact Laura and she would assist them with locating temporary housing until they could be reunited with their families.” Her ability to strengthen her family and community has led Vanderwerf to be chosen as the Coast Guard Military Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine.


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