USCGCPOA.ORG                                                           December 2017

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 Chief Academy Pizza Social: Support needed 
 The Chief's Academy has the following dates that need support:

08 January
05 February
05 March
09 April
07 May
04 June
18 Jun - Reserve Class
09 July
23 July - Reserve Class
06 August
10 September

  The cost for the social is $350 for Active and $450 for Reserve.  If you or your Chapter wishes to contribute to any of these classes, please contact BMCS Jeffrey Hunter. 

 Holiday Stockings for Recruits
 The Stockings for Recruits program was started to bring joy to the local US Coast Guard recruits who are participating in training during the holiday season. The stockings are handcrafted and stuffed by members of the Spouses Club and given out on Christmas Eve with cookies and hot cocoa. Tears usually fill the room as the recruits enjoy a break from training to read holiday cards and special notes from family members, local school children and other donors. Also included are gift cards, snacks, and local mementos to commemorate the recruits' time spent in Cape May County.

 House Passes Bill Supporting National VA Telehealth Program
 The House  Veterans Affairs Committee passed a bill that supports a program introduced by VA Secretary David Shulkin, MD, to allow the agency's medical providers to offer telemedicine services across state lines.

 The VETS Act,  bill HR 2123 (115), is crucial to the VA's "Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care" program announced in August by VA Secretary Shulkin along with President Trump. The program would amend regulations to allow VA providers to offer telemedicine in a national program.


CG Retiree Annual Holiday Party (National Capital Region)
From the Council:
  W e are holding our annual holiday party on Sunday, December 10th.   Although the event says "Retiree" we also invite all other components of the USCG (active, reserve, auxiliary, & civilian).

                                  View their flyer here...

Book of the Month
   This debut thriller by a US Coast Guard aviator will take you onto a cutter fighting drug runners at sea-and into the terrifying world of modern-day pirates. Lt. Junior Grade Cole Williams has always been at home on the sea, racing sailboats and crewing yachts during his time as a cadet at the United States Coast Guard Academy. But when he reports aboard a cutter patrolling the Caribbean, he can't seem to please the command, and his attempts to do the right thing always seem to land him in hot water. At the end of a cruise on which he serves admirably during open-ocean rescues and in hot pursuit of drug runners, Cole is unceremoniously kicked out of the Coast Guard for what the command deems reckless behavior and a bad attitude. Dejected and disillusioned, he decides to go rogue-and make a few unsanctioned runs for the smugglers he's already spent so much time chasing. Navigating devious and dangerous twists and turns, Cole shifts from modern-day pirate to criminal fugitive. Ultimately, he'll be forced to choose between staying on the wrong side of the law or taking a deadly risk for the Joint Task Force charged with stemming the flow of illegal narcotics. 

Find Your Boot Camp Friends
   Interested to find old friends you went to Boot Camp with? If so, Together We Served has made it even easier.

   They have extended their unique "Also There" feature to find more members who were in Boot Camp at the same time as you. Even if they could not remember their training company or platoon, we can match you based on location and start month.
   All you need to do is enter whatever boot camp details you can recall and we will find other members who trained alongside you!
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