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Benefits to be “Thankful” for

November 24, 2017

This report originally published at allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil.

Written by Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Melton, Coast Guard Office of Leadership

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A Coast Guard flood punt team assists with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Hastings, Florida, Sept. 12, 2017. The flood punt team traveled from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, Tennesee, to assist with Hurricane Irma rescue operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Matthews)

We Coast Guardsmen are humble by nature. We see what we do as our duty. We struggle when strangers thank us for our service when they see us in uniform. We’re always ready to help, but we seldom reach out for the things that are there to help us, should we need them.

As military members, Coast Guardsmen and their families are asked to do a lot, oftentimes without regard to the time of day or time of the year. Through countless moves around the country and overseas and numerous deployments, our service members and their families endure many trials as they tackle personal and family milestones away from family and support systems.

One of the ways the Coast Guard and our country express our collective gratitude for your service is by serving you. The Coast Guard of today has evolved to help keep you and your family safe, secure, and healthy, allowing you to focus on your job when at work. Whether you are a marine inspector or an intelligence specialist, boat crew member or aviator, the Coast Guard is grateful for your contributions and wants to help you and your family have a healthy and successful work-life balance.

As a military member, you probably know about the basic allowance for housing (BAH), covered moving expenses for your permanent change of station (PCS) moves, and the medical care under the TRICARE system; but the Coast Guard is always looking for ways to support your overall health and well being. New services under CG SUPRT were launched in ALCOAST 329/17 and include legal services, personal money coaching, gym access, health coaching (including tobacco cessation), relationship counseling, and coaching for substance abuse and other issues impacting the well-being of you or your family members. CG SUPRT also offers education and career counseling for spouses to help them maintain active careers through the PCS moves.

The Human Capital Strategy continues to offer flexibility and work-life balance for our members. Maternity leave has doubled, giving new mothers more time to bond with their babies before returning to work. The Temporary Separation program continues to add more opportunities for members wanting to take a break from service and explore other careers and education or be more present at home for exigent family situations.

Outside of the Coast Guard, there are many local and national entertainment and commercial discounts that will help you and your family save money. From baseball tickets to rounds of golf and amusement park tickets, offers abound through our unit morale programs. A list of some of these benefits and programs can be found below.

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The United Services Organization (USO) is composed of volunteers that spend their time in airports and cities throughout world to provide snacks and a quiet haven to rest and relax during official or unofficial travel. Space-A travel is another benefit for those with flexible vacation plans, allowing members and their families to travel via military and commercial airplanes to destinations around the globe.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Steiger, a crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous, is welcomed home by his children, family and friends in St. Petersburg, Florida, Nov. 13, 2017. The Venturous crew returned home after a 69-day patrol conducting hurricane relief and law enforcement operations in the Caribbean Sea. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson.)

During or after your service, you may qualify to receive the Forever GI Bill to finance all types of formal or independent study you or your children will need – with no time limitation on use. As a veteran, you also may qualify for the VA Home Loan, which allows you to mortgage a home without coming up with that brutal 20 percent down payment.

The Coast Guard is invested in you and your family. When you succeed, we succeed as a service. Our challenges as military members and families are great, but our support system is there for you. If you have a need, ask. It is by the support of our service, our members, our families, and our nation we remain Semper Paratus.

Thank you for your service and Happy Thanksgiving!

Links:

CGSUPRT

https://cgsuprt.personaladvantage.com/portal/landing

Coast Guard Unit MWR Pages

http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Human-Resources-CG-1/Community-Services-Command-CSC/MWR/Unit-MWR-Web-Pages/

DoD

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Navy MWR

http://www.navymwr.org/

National Resource Directory

https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/

USO

https://www.uso.org/

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