Dear US Coast Guard Headquarters Family and Friends,
My name is Laura Vanderwerf and I am proud to serve as your Command Ombudsmen. I am excited for the opportunity to serve in this position and look forward to working with you in the months ahead.
Ombudsman are Coast Guard spouses and volunteers, and are appointed by the Commanding Officer to be a point of contact and resource for all military families, including Spouses, Parents, Partners, Extended Family, and Others. So please ensure that all of your family members are aware that we are here for them!
I have information on local and national resources that can help with financial support, food resources, counseling, spouse employment, volunteer opportunities, and much more! There are a variety of support programs, both in the Washington DC area and throughout the nation, and I can help you find the organizations to meet your needs for almost any problem.
I am your communication link with the Command, and as such I will be an official source of Command information, which will be passed through our USCG Headquarters Families Facebook page and email trees.
It is CRUCIAL that I know how to contact you in emergencies. I have attached a family information form and request that you please take the time to complete and return it to me. I will keep all of your personal contact information completely confidential. If you would prefer not to receive information, please make note of that on the form, but make sure the information is still filled out as it is used for emergency contact information.
As your Ombudsmen, I am a confidential resource for you. Although I am obligated to report life-threatening or violent situations to the Command in order to obtain help in those crisis situations, no information shared with me is ever made public knowledge. Please let me know how I can help you; I am standing by, ready to serve.
(907) 957-0165 (cell)