With few exceptions, everyone associated with the U.S. Coast Guard is eligible to request assistance on behalf of themselves or their immediate family members.

CGMA provides a variety of programs to provide financial assistance to our clients and their immediate family. While this list contains the most common needs facing our clients, it is not feasible to anticipate all possible situations that can occur and there will be times an exception to normal CGMA policy may be justified.

Any eligible person may request assistance from CGMA by contacting a CGMA Representative. Coast Guard service personnel may also contact one of the other Military Aid Societies or the American Red Cross for emergency assistance when they are unable to apply through CGMA.

An application for assistance must be completed for each request for assistance. In addition to the application form, in most cases a CGMA Budget Form must also be completed. Additional supporting documentation will normally be required when applying for assistance. Applicants are encouraged to review Applying for Assistance for addition information.

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How We Help

Over 500 Representatives at 96 shore units and 39 cutters in 32 states and territories throughout the Coast Guard are available to provide counseling, short-term interest-free loans, financial grants, referrals, and other related means to our clients during their time of financial need.

Who We Help

“We are so so happy to be home! We can’t thank you enough!”
Baby Nathan and Family

“Thank you all for the prayers! And thank you CGMA for allowing us to be by our little guy’s side the entire 54 days he was in the nicu! He is out and doing wonderful now! He’s now over 7lbs and loving being home with his daddy and brothers up here in Boston! ”

Caitlin A

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Helping Our Own
In 2018 CGMA provided essential financial aid to
  • 1 in 8 Active Duty Members
  • 1 in 13 Civilian Employees
  • 1 in 33 Reserve Members
71% of all assistance went to individuals inpay grades E-6/GS-7 and below
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance serves the entire Coast Guard community:
  • Active Duty Members
  • Auxiliary Members
  • Civilian Employees
  • Immediate Family Members
  • PHS Officers and Chaplains
  • Reserve Members
  • Retired Military Personnel
  • Surviving Family Members

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RADM Cari Thomas USCG (Ret)

RADM Cari Thomas USCG (Ret)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

(703) 498-8381
CWO4 Sean Fennell USCG (Ret)

CWO4 Sean Fennell USCG (Ret)

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

(703) 547-7163
Sara Martin

Sara Martin

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

(703) 576-7529
Alena Howard

Alena Howard

Chief Development Officer (CDO)

(703) 468-7087
Alena.Howard @cgmahq.org
Tanya Mathis

Tanya Mathis

Accounts Manager

(703) 595-5930
Erica Chapman

Erica Chapman

Fundraising Manager
Education Programs Specialist

(703) 581-5297
Gwendolyn Fouch

Gwendolyn Fouch

Office Manager

(703) 875-0404
Jing Patton

Jing Patton

Information Staff Assistant

(703) 334-7773
Jing.Patton @cgmahq.org
Carl Mursch

Carl Mursch