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State of the Coast Guard 2021
State of the Coast Guard: Live from San Diego
Feb. 26, 2021
How will you watch the SOTCG March 11?

Chart showing location of District 5 within Atlantic Area and the states within its boundaries. (U.S. Coast Guard)
The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard's Fifth District—Home of Founders, Firsts and Flight for over 230 years!
Feb. 26, 2021
Coast Guard men, women and assets associated with the Fifth District  began playing a vital role in Coast Guard history the year the Constitution was signed.

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay cuts through ice on February 10, 2021 on the St. Clair River in support of Operation Coal Shovel. Operation Coal Shovel is an annual domestic ice-breaking mission conducted on Lakes Huron, Ontario, Erie, St. Clair, the St. Clair/Detroit river system and St. Lawrence Seaway.

 Courtesy photo by Gary Baumgarten.
Icebreaking on the Great Lakes requires great partnerships
Feb. 26, 2021
Icebreaking operation keeps the economy moving on the Great Lakes.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Veronica Rzotkiewicz and Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniela Abreu, yeomen at the Coast Guard Base Honolulu Servicing Personnel Office, enter data into an online Coast Guard system for crew members, Aug. 26, 2014. Yeomen are typically responsible for payroll certification and delivery; preparing military travel orders and arranging transportation, including shipment of household goods; preparing correspondence; and maintaining files and administrative records. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle)
Direct Access will have limited availability Feb 25-27
Feb. 24, 2021
Scheduled updates for Direct Access

The Coast Guard today honors Deirdre Green, who retired as a Storekeeper First Class and then dedicated herself to finding and sharing stories about African Americans in the Coast Guard. Courtesy photo.
Unsung Hero: Coast Guard honors Deirdre Green for uncovering stories of African Americans 
Feb. 24, 2021
Green’s work helped the service celebrate Dr. Olivia Hooker, many others

Veterans Resources

Retiree Services Program Site
The Retiree Program contains consolidated resources regarding the National Retiree Help Desk, the Retiree newsletter, volunteer services, retiree councils, awards, benefits including survivors benefits, and many other resources.

Pay & Personnel Center Retiree & Annuitant Services
This site includes access to self-services for retirees, announcements, legal services and updates for those with retirement orders.

Direct Access Process Maps, User Guides, Tutorials, and Webinar Recordings
Find step-by-step instructions on how to completes items such as year-end tax documents and updating direct deposit information.

Department of Veteran Affairs
Access your veteran healthcare, disability, education, and records information.

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
This non-profit organization has assisted more than 55,000 people find a new job. Their free employment training programs and job placement services are available to military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses, and caregivers of wounded war heroes.

Office of Veterans Business Development – under the Small Business Administration
Military spouses make great entrepreneurs, and small business ownership can be a flexible vocation that supports a military career. The administration supports spouses and business owners by offering counseling and training, access to capital, and disaster assistance.

Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as part of the Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The course provides an overview of entrepreneurship and applicable business ownership fundamentals. Active Duty Service members (including National Guard and Reserve), Veterans of all eras, and spouses are eligible to participate.

Coast Guard Legal Assistance
Coast Guard legal assistance 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.