Guardians of the Great Lakes


The Coast Guard Ombudsman Program is a command program intended to improve communication between the command and the Coast Guard family members.  Coast Guard Ombudsman are official volunteers of the command, designated by the Commanding Officer (CO)/Officer-in-Charge (OIC) to provide information and referral resources and act as advocates for family members.

Coast Guard spouses and family members may contact the Cleveland area Ombudsman at USCGClevelandArea@gmail.com.

Resources for Families

Coast Guard Work-Life.  The overall objective of CG Work-Life is to support the well-being of active-duty, reserve, and civilian employees and family members.  For assistance, visit the website or call 800-USCG WLS (872-4957) to contact the Work-Life office closest to you.

CG SUPRT.  Free professional counseling, health coaching, education, and referral services for many issues, such as relationship problems, depression, legal and financial challenges, health improvement, and balancing work and life demands.  For assistance, visit the website or call 24/7 at 855-CG SUPRT (247-8778).

Coast Guard Sea Legs.

Coast Guard Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Special Needs Program (SNP).

National Hotlines

Childhelp. Childhelp is a non-profit organization whose mission is to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected, and at-risk children.  Childhelp is not affiliated with Child Protective Services, any governmental agency, political party, religious denomination, or any other entity, organization, or institution.  For assistance, visit the website or call 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453).

The Hotline.  The Hotline is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention, information, and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends, and families.  The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates, government officials, law enforcement agencies, and the general public.  For assistance, visit the website or call 800-799-SAFE (7233).

Safe Helpline.  Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one support and information to DoD and Coast Guard.  The service is confidential, anonymous, secure, and available worldwide 24/7, providing victims of sexual assault with the help they need, anytime, anywhere.  For assistance, visit the website or call 877-995-5247.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7.  For assistance, visit the website or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


Spouse Employment

CG SUPRT Education and Career Center offers USCG military spouses and dependents interactive tools and information to enhance their knowledge of portable careers, earning potential, and job attainment.


eXtension (Military Families) is where more than 70 university content providers can gather and produce new educational and information resources on wide-ranging topics.

MilitaryParenting.org is a free, online course providing a "boot camp" approach to the basics of parenting.