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Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 875-0404

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Small Right Green Arrow What is CGMA?


(CGMA) is a non-profit charitable organization established to provide financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family. While CGMA works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, it is an independent corporation. Its mission is to promote the financial stability and general well being of Coast Guard people through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling. 

Small Right Green Arrow Who does CGMA help?

It is the only assistance organization truly dedicated to providing assistance solely to all members of the Coast Guard family. With few exceptions, anyone associated with the U.S. Coast Guard may seek help in one form or another from CGMA for themselves or on behalf of their immediate family members. That includes:

  • Active Duty
  • Retired Military
  • Coast Guard Civilian Employees
  • Coast Guard Reserve (Selected Reserve and Standby Reserve - Active status)
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Public Health Service Officers serving with the Coast Guard
  • Surviving Family Members

Small Right Green Arrow What assistance does CGMA provide?

  • Interest free loans
  • Personal Grants
  • Education assistance
  • Confidential financial counseling and referral services

Small Right Green Arrow What can CGMA help with?

Categories of financial assistance offered by CGMA include:


Small arrow Emergency travel

Small arrow Natural disaster relief

Small arrow Medical and dental expenses

Small arrow Temporary living expenses

Small arrow Vehicle repair

Small arrow Past due bills and expenses

Small arrow Funeral expenses

Small arrow Moving expenses

Small arrow Debt management

Small arrow Emergency home repair

Small arrow Rental assistance


Small arrow Loss of funds or property

Small arrow Closing cost assistance


Small Right Green Arrow What can't CGMA help with?

Examples of what CGMA may not be used for:


Small arrow Long-term, continuing or frequent assistance

Small arrow Legal expenses, including fees for divorce, child custody or other domestic issues

Small arrow Maintaining a standard of living beyond means

Small arrow Paying personal income or property tax

Small arrow Purchase, rental, or lease of motor vehicles

Small arrow Financing marriage costs

Small arrow Elective surgery

Small arrow Abortions

Small arrow Gambling debts

Small arrow Pet related expenses

Small arrow Expenses resulting from disciplinary action including court fees, fines, judgments, liens, bail, or legal fees,

     (except to prevent privation of immediate family members)


Small Right Green Arrow How do I get help?

Contact a CGMA Representative - to find your local Representative:

  • Ask at your unit

  • Click here to see a list of Representatives

  • Call CGMA Headquarters (703) 875-0404 or 1-800-881-2462

Note: Eligible individuals need not have contributed to CGMA to receive assistance.

Small Right Green Arrow What if I'm deployed or underway and my spouse needs emergency assistance?

If your spouse has a power of attorney or a Pre-Authorization Form (CGMA Form 16), CGMA can provide assistance, as needed, up to such limits as may be specified in the power of attorney or Pre-Authorization Form. 


If there is no power of attorney or Pre-Authorization Form and you cannot be contacted, CGMA can provide your spouse a one-time emergency loan of up to $300.


Small Right Green Arrow Where do CGMA funds come from?

Support for CGMA comes from:

  • Voluntary contributions from the Coast Guard family

  • Repayment of CGMA interest-free loans

  • Investment income

  • Unsolicited contributions

Note: CGMA does not receive any appropriated or non-appropriated government funds.

Small Right Green Arrow What's CGMA's record of assistance?

  • CGMA has provided over $133 million in financial assistance since 1924

  • In recent years, CGMA has provided $30.6 million in interest-free loans, almost $500,000 in personal grants, and over $2.3 million in supplemental education grants and education loan fee reimbursements

  • At any point in time, approximately one-third to one half of CGMA's net worth is out in loans

Small Right Green Arrow Why an annual fund raising campaign?

Without an annual infusion of funds, CGMA would eventually deplete its funds and be unable to provide assistance.

Also, the campaign helps raise awareness of the array of assistance available from CGMA.

Small Right Green Arrow How can I help?

  • Active Duty, Retired military and civilian employees, contributions can be made conveniently through an allotment or payroll deduction

  • Credit card contributions can be made online or by calling CGMA Headquarters
    Monday-Friday 0700-1600 eastern (except holidays) (703) 875-0404 or 1-800-881-2462

  • Contributions may also be made by check or money order. Checks or money Orders, payable to "CGMA", may be sent at any time to the following address:

    Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
    1005 N. Glebe Road
    Suite 220
    Arlington, VA 22201

Click here for additional information or to obtain a contribution form.

Small Right Green Arrow Where can I get more information about CGMA?

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Contact a CGMA Representative - to find your local Representative:

  • Ask at your unit

  • Click here to see a list of Representatives

  • Call CGMA Headquarters (703) 875-0404 or 1-800-881-2462

Send us an email:


Write us at:

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
1005 N. Glebe Road
Suite 220
Arlington, VA 22201


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Small Green Arrow Review our General Information Brochure

Small Green Arrow Contact your local Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Representative

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