Protecting the Pacific Northwest
The Ombudsman is a vital link between the command, crew, and families of crewmembers.
The Ombudsman assists the command and aids in referring individuals with
problems to the proper resources. The Ombudsman will also forward
ideas from the families to the appropriate office. For those seeking
guidance about particular problems, the Ombudsman attempts to find the best
resources possible to assist the individual or the family. When crewmembers are on duty or operating during times of local or national emergencies, mobilizations, deployments, or evacuations, the Ombudsman serves as the principal source of assistance and support to Coast Guard families.
Please do not hesitate to make use of this family resource.
The Ombudsman is not qualified nor is expected to act as a counselor to Coast Guard families, but rather to provide a liaison between the Sector Commander and families. The Ombudsman is, however, a great resource for all available support programs, including Chaplain assistance, the Employee Assistance Program, Family Advocacy, and Health Care Advisors.
Sector Columbia River's Ombudsman is
Mrs. Chelsea Billings who can be
contacted at the below email address. Information or assistance can
also be sought through the Command
OSCM Brett VerHulst, (503) 861-6182.
I Am an Ombudsman
I am not a crutch
But I can support you
I am not a counselor
But I know how to reach one
I am not a taxi driver
But I can steer you in the right direction
I am not a rescuer
But I can help save lives
I am not a baby sitter
But I can refer you to a caregiver
I am not a gossiper
But I am a great listener
I am not an enabler
But I can provide tools to empower you
I am not a master of anything
But I know many experts who understand your needs
I am not a Recreation or Health Specialist
But I am concerned about your morale, well being, and health
I am not a busybody as I've been called
But I am a Coast Guard Ombudsman
And I am of service to you -The Coast Guard Family
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