My Coast Guard

At the Coast Guard, your wellness—including your mental, spiritual and physical health—are our top priorities. This section shares wellness resources for Coast Guard families. If you identify relevant information that is not reflected, please email the My CoastGuard team at MyCG@USCG.mil.

Latest Wellness News

Photo Friday: Base Kodiak MWR Program
Oct. 16, 2020

Base Kodiak teaches children the importance of being outside, active


Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—A Discussion about Mental Health
Oct. 14, 2020

Please join us at 3pm today for an important conversation with one of our own active duty members, who will discuss their recovery from mental health challenges, and the resources available to us all.


Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—Improve Your Nutrition, Increase Your Metabolism 
Oct. 7, 2020

This week’s Wellness Wednesday will cover a broad range of nutrition and lifestyle topics - factors affecting metabolism, preventing weight gain, building muscle, and fad diets - to help promote readiness and resiliency to those who serve.


Coast Guard Resources: Chaplains – A Q&A with Sector Detroit’s local chaplain, Chaplain Jim Dewey
Sept. 28, 2020

Chaplains are there for members and their families in ways truly unique from other people in their lives. They are mentors, advisors, and spiritual counselors to the Coast Guard workforce. They also play a critical role in suicide prevention.


Help, K-12 resources for the 20-21 school year
Sept. 24, 2020

The 2020-2021 school year looks a bit different all over the country. Some students are learning in the schoolhouse while others are learning virtually from home. Here are some resources for either  way your student is learning this year. 

Wellness Resources

Coast Guard Work Life Family Programs
The Office of Work-Life provides a variety of family-focused programs including adoption reimbursement, scholarship assistance, spouse employment assistance, child care resources, training, evaluations, education, and financial services.

HSWL Mobile App
For those looking for information about the support programs and services available to Coast Guard members and their families, there’s an app for that—available through the Health, Safety and Work-Life Office.

Coast Guard’s Chaplain Services
The Chaplain of the Coast Guard provides religious worship services, education, weddings, funerals and other religious activities.

Coast Guard’s Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) Program
Intended to uplift Coast Guard families through a variety of family-centric programs and services because families are essential to our readiness, retention, and resiliency.

Coast Guard Pregnancy and New Parent Resource Guide
This guide offers important resource information on medical care, medical records, leave policy and other ways the Coast Guard supports your parenthood journey.

Coast Guard’s Sea Legs Website
The first step when joining a Coast Guard family is to check out Sea Legs, a website and magazine full of everything you need to know – like getting your ID card, vacation travel benefits, healthcare coverage, PCS checklists, and a glossary of acronyms like “PCS.”

Coast Guard Family Resources
Here is a summary of Coast Guard employee assistance programs and social media sites with helpful links.

Coast Guard SUPRT

The CG SUPRT program offers free and confidential services, including money coaching and financial consultations, legal services, education and career counseling, document translation services. CG SUPRT offers health coaching to achieve your healthier eating and weight loss goals; non-medical counseling is available for stress, grief, marriage and parenting concerns. CG SUPRT is available to active duty members, reservists, full-time civil service employees, and their dependents. Call 1-1-855-CGSUPRT (247-8778) or visit their site.

TRICARE
TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed Coast Guard service members, retirees and their families. Visit the website to find a plan or doctor or to learn about costs. For questions, contact: TRICARE East (Humana Military) at 1-800-333-5445 or www.tricare-east.com TRICARE West (Health Net) at 844-866-9375 or www.Tricare-west.com Your USCG Health Benefits Advisor (HBA) at 1-800-9-HBA-HBA (1-800-942-2422) or CGHBA@uscg.mil

The U.S. Family Health Plan
The U.S. Family Health Plan, contracted under TRICARE, allows eligible military beneficiaries to enroll for services through participating non-profit health plans in different regions.

TRICARE Express Scripts Pharmacy
Use Express Scripts to sign-up for your medication deliveries and refills of your medicine subscriptions or manage their maintenance.

Dental Coverage
Dental coverage is separate from TRICARE’s medical coverage. Your dental coverage is based on who you are (active duty member or family member, reservist or family member, retired service member and family, or survivor).

Vision Coverage
You may be eligible to enroll in a vision plan through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), in addition to your TRICARE vision coverage.

TRICARE Mental Health Care
Learn how to access therapy, counseling, substance use support and more.

Employee Assistance Program Coordinator (EAPC)
Each Health, Safety & Work-Life (HSWL) Regional Practice offers an employee assistance program coordinator to help you with any questions about support services available to you.

Coast Guard Chaplains
Chaplains provide 100% confidential counseling and advisement to members, families, and commands.

CG SUPRT
CG SUPRT provides assessment and short-term counseling for a wide range of needs including stress, family and relationship challenges, parenting, anxiety, depression, work-related concerns, substance abuse, or additional concerns that may impact your well-being. Sessions are available in-person or via telephone, video, and chat. These services are confidential within the bounds of the law.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their website details counseling services for mental health and substance abuse—there is also treatment locator resource available.

Coast Guard Special Needs Program
The Special Needs Program provides resources for Coast Guard family members that pertain to medical, psychological and physical conditions. Special needs can be broad and include conditions from asthma or allergies, to wheelchair use, or even the need for the creation of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). This program ensures that members with dependents with special needs are assigned to duty stations most accessible to needed services. Your Family Resource Specialistcan help to determine if enrollment is required. Here is a blog post that provides an overview of services.

TRICARE ECHO
This program offers benefits that include training, respite care, home care, incontinence supplies, technology devices and more. Some of the services may be cost-shared under ECHO or your TRICARE program—it will be determined by your qualifying condition.

Family Advocacy Program | Domestic and Child Abuse Assistance
Everyone deserves to be healthy and safe in their relationships. Help is available through the Coast Guard’s Family Advocacy Program including: advocacy and safety planning, assessment and treatment planning, ongoing case management and risk monitoring, as well as, resource and referral services.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance for
Financial Emergency

Coast Guard’s Mutual Assistance Program is the official relief society of the U.S. Coast Guard. Assistance is provided under a large variety of conditions including: emergencies, housing, and medical needs that are beyond the individual’s ability to meet at the time assistance is requested.

Coast Guard Foundation
The foundation’s programs assists families financially or otherwise, during times of tragedy and disaster.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Many of us struggle with coping with our emotions. Don’t hesitate to call this local center for emotional distress—it’s available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration

This site details counseling services for mental health and substance abuse and provides treatment locator resources.

Safe Helpline
The DoD provides anonymous and confidential support for people who have survived sexual assault and need help dealing with its impact. Please call 877-995-5247; live chat is available from the Web site.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Confidential and trained support personnel will help you find a health facility that offers forensic exams and can assist you in the next steps toward your recovery. The hotline is 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides access to highly-trained advocates 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship: 1-800-799-7233 or chat at www.hotline.org

Military Crisis Line
(also includes text messaging and online chat options)
The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders—many of whom are veterans themselves. They understand what service members have been through and the challenges that members and their loved ones face.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Offers compassionate care to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one.

Coast Guard Legal Assistance
Coast Guard legal assistance attorneys provide advice and counseling regarding personal legal issues for service members, dependents and retirees at no-cost. These issues may involve family law, estate planning, consumer law, landlord-tenant relations, immigration or many other topics.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program
This program is available to active and reserve service members and is a resource for those needing to overcome a chemical or substance abuse dependency.

Family Advocacy Program |
Domestic and Child Abuse Assistance

When a State of Emergency is issued, TRICARE may authorize early prescription refills, waivers for referrals, and other emergencies benefits.

Disaster Distress Helpline
This national helpline is for those experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters; 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Spanish speakers are also available. Visit the Web page or call 1-800-985-5990.

Disaster Assistance
The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program provides disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Many of us struggle with coping with our emotions. Don’t hesitate to call this local center for emotional distress—it’s available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Disaster Assistance.gov
As part of the Department of Homeland Security, this site provides you with local resources for emergencies, including a hospital locator and quick links to community leaders, food, housing and other vital resources.

FEMA
The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides emergency resources that help to respond to, or mitigate, the effects on those recovering from domestic disasters.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Confidential and trained support personnel will help you find a health facility that offers forensic exams and can assist you in the next steps toward your recovery. The hotline is 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

American Red Cross
(also includes text messaging and online chat options)
This organization assists military families and veterans with the challenges of military services—volunteers provide services within hospitals and on Bases, and they support families with resources during deployments and emergencies. CPR training is available and families can receive free smoke detectors for home use. The American Red Cross Hero Care Center verifies and communicates family emergencies to unit commands. *Ombudsmen can also communicate emergencies to unit commands.

Ready.gov
Get ahead of a critical situation. This site prepares you how to be ready during disasters like severe weather, or the impact such conditions can have on your home environment, like flooding.

Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers
Here is an overview of Navy work and family life programs ranging from financial assistance and transition services to counseling, advocacy and new parent support. These are available to Coast Guard Service members.

Operation Homefront
This program provides services to military families including transitional housing, financial assistance, holiday meals and toy drives.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Assistance for the families of fallen heroes and includes services for grief counseling, education assistance amongst others.

Fisher House Foundation
This foundation provides comfortable lodging, free-of-charge, that military and veteran families can stay in while their loved one is in the hospital. They also offer a variety of other programs to support the military community.

Family Assistance During Loss
of Service Family Member

If a Coast Guard member becomes critically ill, injured or has fallen in the line of duty, the Fallen Heroes Fund is able to provide some financial support to family members during their difficult time.

Commissaries
Interested in healthier living? This site provides nutritious recipes, rewards and savings, in addition to a locator to help you find the nearest military commissary.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their website details counseling services for mental health and substance abuse—there is also treatment locator resource available.

Coast Guard Medical Manuals, Instructions and Forms
Do you want information on immunizations, exams, as well as forms for your dental health, eye wear prescriptions and emergency treatment and care? This resource contains it all.

Employee Assistance Program
This instruction summarizes assistance for eligible employees (civilians and Service members) in need of counseling and who are addressing interpersonal conflicts concerning marriage, anxiety, conflicts at work, substance abuse and stress management. It is also intended for counseling issues that would involve less than six, in-person sessions to resolve.

Key Contacts

Office of Health, Safety & Work-life (CG-11)
Here are a list of essential Health, Safety & Work-Life contacts that represent health, family and safety resources.

Coast Guard Health Benefits Advice (HBA) Line
An Active Duty Service member provides knowledgeable customer service support in response to questions to a variety of topics including general information, benefits, claims, eligibility, authorizations and provider inquiries.

Coast Guard Mutual
Assistance Representatives

Your CGMA representative can connect with relief services and is often your first contact should crisis or disaster occur. This list allows you to search and locate representatives throughout the country.
The TRICARE Nurse Advice Line (1800-TRI-CARE or 1800-874-2273; Option 1

Last reviewed on: 10/05/2020