USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                   December 2016

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CPOA Represents at Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony
    President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and delivered Veterans Day remarks at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was among the other speakers. The ceremony included music and the parade of colors by Veteran Service Organizations where the CPOA represented our Association for the first time. 
   If you've never seen the entire ceremony, it's well worth watching and can be viewed here...  (MKC Wilmot can be seen with our flag at 17:41 and 2:14:13). 

   We were also honored to pay our respects at the Tomb as well. Many thanks to DCC San Filippo and MKC Wilmot for carrying our flags during the parade of colors and assisting CPOA National President (Kim Lorigan) and CGEA National President (Michael Lewis) in presenting our wreath.

National Wreaths Across America Day
December 17, 2016
   Each December on National Wreaths Across America day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach  is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 states, at sea, and abroad.

Retiree Council Holiday Party Invitation
Date:  Sunday, December 18, 2016
Time: 4:00 - 6:30 pm
Place: Penthouse Lounge
Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA  22101
Ticket Price: E1 - E6 - $25.00
E-7 and above: $35.00

SmokefreeVET text message program helps Veterans
quit smoking 

  SmokefreeVET is an innovative, text message smoking cessation program that provides daily tips and encouragement to support Veterans who are trying to stop smoking.

AFRH Now Accepting Applications

    The Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington, DC - the premier retirement community for eligible American veterans - is now accepting applications. 
   AFRH offers residents an affordable lifestyle on a scenic, wooded campus just minutes from downtown Washington, DC - home to museums, monuments, and a host of entertainment, sports and other cultural options.
   Many veterans choose to live at AFRH for the superior medical, dental and vision care offered, with amenities that include: private rooms with a shower, cable TV, three delicious daily meals prepared by licensed nutritionists in our modern dining facility, a wellness program and deluxe fitness center, movie theater, bowling center and hobby shops.
   Services include recreational activities, resident day trips, a full-service library, barber shop, 24 / 7 security, beauty salon, computer center, mailboxes, banking services, campus PX/BX and off-campus shuttle and public transportation.
Persons are eligible to become AFRH residents who:
  • Served as members of the Armed Forces, at least one-half of whose service was not active commissioned service (other than as a warrant officer or limited-duty officer)
  • Are 60 years of age or over; and were discharged or released under honorable conditions with 20 or more years of active service
  • Are determined to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of a service-connected disability incurred in the line of duty in the Armed Forces.
  • Served in a war theater during a time of war declared by Congress or were eligible for hostile fire special pay; were released from service in the Armed Forces under honorable conditions; and are determined to be incapable of earning a livelihood because of injuries, disease or disability.
  • Served in a women's component of the Armed Forces before June 12, 1948; and are determined to be eligible for admission because of compelling personal circumstances.
  Married couples are welcome, but both must be eligible in their own right Veterans who have been convicted of a felony or are not free of drug, alcohol, or psychiatric problems are ineligible to become a resident.
  Veterans must be able to live independently upon admission to the AFRH.  This means being able to care for personal needs, attend a dining facility for meals, and keep all medical appointments.  Fees for independent living are 40 % of total current income (not to exceed $1,425 / month).
  For further information or to request an application, visit: or contact the Office of Public Affairs at:  1-800-422-9988.

Book of the Month

  A Miracle at Attu: The Rescue of CG-1600 is an historic nonfiction account documenting the phenomenal rescue of nine survivors from a U. S. Coast Guard HC-130H that crashed on a logistics mission to the remote Coast Guard Long Range Navigation Station on Attu Island Alaska. Be prepared as you are transported back in time to a cold isolated mountain on Attu for a truly remarkable rescue. It is an inspiring and emotional story of human error, courage, bravery, and survival. It takes a special mindset to go into harm's way and fly into the storm so others may live. You will come to know and see the many perspectives of the rescue through the eyes of the survivors, and the crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, LORAN Station Attu, Rescue-1602, and Rescue-1425. The author guides the reader to feel the tension, risk, and danger to locate and rescue the downed crew. Alaska and particularly the remote Western Aleutian Islands pose a unique and unforgiving operating environment. Weather is constantly poor with high winds, poor visibility, low clouds, precipitation, and high sea states. High speed vessel transits are extremely risky as there are no navigational aids and near shore nautical charting is unreliable. Helicopter operations are always risky due to low ceilings, limited visibility, high gusty winds, and steep mountains right down to the water's edge. You will feel as if you are right in the cockpit, on the side of the mountain, on the Mellon flight deck and bridge as the rescue team works against all odds to save their fellow aviators and shipmates.

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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