December 2019
Do Something Unexpected
Join the Movement!
One simple act of kindness can change the world. It’s about something bigger than ourselves.....And it all starts with YOU! We are challenging our military service members, families, and veterans to engage with their communities and complete 1 Million acts of kindness on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019.

Veterans Can Now Access Health Data on iPhone
The US Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) now provides access for veterans to their health data in the Health Section of the Health app for iPhone. VA hopes to provide Veterans with access to their health data at any time and in one place to make it easier to keep their health in check.
New Coast Guard
Tattoo Policy
The purpose of the Coast Guard's policy and standards on Tattoos and Body Markings is to ensure our workforce presents a sharp, professional military appearance to the public, while allowing individual expression through authorized body art that is consistent with the Coast Guard's Core Values. As the Coast Guard increases the aperture to ensure we are able to recruit and retain the next generation of Coast Guardsman, this policy update strikes a balance between personal expression and maintaining our sharp military appearance. 
Support Systems Prepare to Help Coast Guard Families in Event of Another Shutdown
In July, the House of Representatives approved by voice vote Coast Guard reauthorization legislation that included language to ensure paychecks would continue if there was another government shutdown.

With the specter of another possible shutdown on the horizon, the Senate version of that bill is still sitting in the upper chamber, waiting for a vote.
The Senate today passed and President Trump signed a continuing resolution to keep government funded through Dec. 20, setting up a traditional pre-Christmas fight over appropriations. 

TRICARE Supplement Insurance Available
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Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR access extended to more Veterans beginning January
According to the Department of Defense, starting Jan. 1, 2020, all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online.
CPOA Lays Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Representatives from our Association laid a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Veterans Day. Big thanks to YNC Schawohl and SKC Negron for trying to Keep our National President and Executive Director in step!
2019 Coast Guard Foundation Distinguished Leadership Award
Admiral Thad W. Allen, USCG (Ret.) is awarded the 2019 Coast Guard Foundation Distinguished Leadership Award for his service to the Nation, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Foundation, at the Houston Awards Dinner on Nov. 14, 2019.
  Book of the Month
    It was late November—one of the coldest periods to be on a ship near Alaska. The Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis had run aground during a severe storm and was taking on water. The engine room flooded, disabling the engines. Mountainous seas and gale force winds pounded the Jarvis, and to make matters worse, the ship was floating toward a rocky coastline that would surely destroy it and probably kill most, if not all, of the men.

The ship’s captain ordered an emergency message be sent to the Seventeenth Coast Guard District Office in Juneau requesting Coast Guard assistance. But there were no Coast Guard assets near enough to provide immediate help.

At 7:04 p.m., for one of the few times in Coast Guard history, a MAYDAY call for help would come from a Coast Guard vessel.

This is the incredible story of the grounding and near sinking of the USCGC Jarvis and how her crew fought to save their ship—and themselves—from disaster.

Together We Served
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!
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 .
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