Dear Coast Guard Family: The Special Needs Program

Through the Special Needs Program, efforts are made to ensure that members with special needs dependents are assigned to duty stations where medical and community services are accessible and available.


In honor of Veterans Day, we've created a series of social media icons you can upload to your profile. Coast Guard veterans, moms, dads and spouses can click the image above to be taken to the Coast Guard Visual Imagery database to download the icon of their choice. (Coast Guard illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall)

Dear Coast Guard Family: Advice from an Assignment Officer

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. This month, Conley interviews an assignment officer.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information. Check out the latest in this blog!


From the Homefront: Special needs advocate named Coast Guard Spouse of the Year

When her son was first diagnosed with autism, Mary Nelson struggled to find the right services for him. She didn’t know where to go or whom to ask for help or information. Little things compounded and they became big issues. Since then, she has aimed to make sure no one else struggles in the same way. Her efforts earned her this year’s Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year award.


From the Homefront: Month of the Military Child – How to prepare kids for a move

If there is one constant in a military child’s life, it is change. And life changes are often most dramatic during moves. The average military kid will move six to nine times during their schooling, meaning upheaval becomes the norm. In honor of April being the Month of the Military Child, this blog highlights issues pertaining to kids and their parents and we are sharing some creative ways to get kids ready for moves.


From the Homefront: Coast Guard families share their journeys on the autism spectrum

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), five families share their stories of Coast Guard life with a loved one on the autism spectrum. Read the full blog to learn more about accepting, understanding, and loving those with autism.


Thirty-eight Mohawk crew helped clean the school. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria Bonk

Coast Guard Family Month: Special Needs Program helps real life heroes

Parenting has its challenges, but on top of that, parents of children with special needs have some extra challenges. The need for specialized doctors and to be assigned in an area close to family for support are just a couple of those. Brittany Joseph, Coast Guardsman and single mom to a daughter with special needs, wants others to know they are not alone if they have a child with special needs. She discusses how the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program has allowed her to be the best mom and servicemember that she can be. The Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program provides a comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to community support, housing, medical, educational, and personnel services for Coast Guard families with special needs. Read the full post to learn more about the Joseph family and the Coast Guard’s Special Needs Program.


Paratus Report, Episode 14

The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! This month is dedicated to Coast Guard families. Ombudsman-at-Large, Mrs. Janet Cantrell, discusses the importance of the ombudsman program and other resources available to help support our Coast Guard families. There are numerous benefits and programs available to our Coast Guard families, like the Adoption Reimbursement Program, Spouse Employment Program, Child Care Program, and Special Needs Program, just to name a few. You will also learn how to make a delicious dessert for your Thanksgiving meal – it’s all on this episode of the Paratus Report!


Coast Guard Special Needs Program 2015 enrollment deadline approaching

The Coast Guard Office of Work-Life is reminding all active duty members and selected reserve members on orders for 181 days or more who have dependent family members diagnosed with medical, psychological, physical, or educational special needs to ensure all enrollment documentation for the Special Needs Program be updated by Sept. 30, 2015, or be administratively closed on Oct. 1, 2015.


From the Homefront: Navigating the Special Needs Program

At what can be some of the scariest times in military family life, needing extra medical or development help for a family member, Coast Guard families turn to the Special Needs Program. It can be overwhelming, confusing, and in some cases, frustrating to navigate, but the end result is a lifeline to finding the necessary medical and educational assistance.