JULY 2020


Due to health and travel concerns, the Board of Directors made a tough decision to cancel the upcoming CPOA convention. These are challenging times and call for difficult decisions. A recent vote by Chapter Presidents decided to have the budget approved in August by proxy vote. Members may address questions to their Chapter Presidents. Each Chapter President will submit their Chapters proxy vote in August by email.

  No virtual or physical conference will occur this year. 

The proposed 2021 budget is on page 13 of the July issue of The Chief .

 National will send an email requesting each Chapter Presidents' proxy vote for their respective Chapter in August. 

In your service,

Jon OstrowskI
CPOA National President
35+ Scholarships For Military Spouses And Military Kids
Completing an education is hard enough without having to stress about how to pay for it. If you are a military spouse (or military kid) thinking about college or are already working on a degree, you’re in luck. This is the time of year when organizations start accepting applications for military spouse education assistance programs.

PCS Recently?
If you've recently moved or have a change of rank, please take a second to ensure the National Office has your updated info by going here...

Virtual History Lecture (History of USCG Chief Petty Officers and Office of MCPOCG)
A discussion with the 8th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG) Vince Patton, and 13th MCPOCG Jason Vanderhaden, about the 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Chief Petty Officer Rank in the Coast Guard and the establishment of the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard.

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  Book of the Month
In this riveting medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author--Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees.

New Pay and Allowances
to Help You Through COVID-19

Several new pay and allowances are now available to members and their dependents.

These entitlements are part of the overall military effort to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact your local SPO to determine your eligibility for these new pay and allowances.

The CPOA USAA Credit Card
  • Use the card that shows your pride in the mission and programs of the CPOA.

  • Save on annual and foreign transaction fees.

  • Show your pride with an exclusive card design.

When Isolated At Home, Reconnect With Old
Service Friends
These unprecedented times are contributing to a higher level of anxiety, particularly among our Veteran population. The constant flow of often discouraging news, along with a reduced ability to mingle with others to keep spirits up, makes it difficult for some to maintain their morale.  TogetherWeServed , a military heritage community website and home to over 1.9 million U.S. Military Veterans, wants to help.

A secure virtual base for Veterans

During a Veteran’s military service, their base, ship or shore station is place to call home – a safe haven to share in the company of some of the finest men and women with a mission in common. Together We Served (TWS) aims to replicate that same spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood in its own “Virtual Base” website.

With its membership containing only active serving and Veterans, TWS provides a secure platform for all Veterans to engage with other Veterans on a level that is simply not possible in most social networking environments.

To obtain your Free Full Membership, please go to this   special link only for CPOA/CGEA members. 
 Family of deceased Coast Guard members who wish to join CGTWS to create a Remembrance Profile for their loved one should email  admin@togetherweserved.com .
 For more information on  TogetherWeServed.com , please view their short informational video at:  www.youtube.com/twsmilitarywebsites
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