Reunion Highlight: Coast Guard Combat Vets

Semper Paratus “Always There”


Armed Forces Reunions, Inc. (AFR) is privileged to partner with The Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association (CGCVA).  CGCVA, established in 1985, is a fraternal organization dedicated to making the public aware of the Coast Guard’s service and participation in significant historical events in United States history.

The title “Coast Guard” gives most people the impression that this armed force does not venture beyond fifty miles off the United States coast. However, the fact is the Coast Guard may be found operating off coasts and on shores all over the world. The Coast Guard has participated in every war, declared and undeclared, since 1790.  Its combat veterans have contributed outstanding service and many paid the ultimate price for safeguarding our freedom.

Throughout the Coast Guard’s long history, whenever Congress came up with a new job it didn’t know where to place it was given to the Coast Guard: search and rescue, lifesaving, icebreaking, marine safety, boating safety, fisheries enforcement, environmental protection, aids to navigation, and of course national defense. It is no surprise, therefore, that the public is confused as to just what the Coast Guard is and does, because it is the Swiss Army Knife of our Armed Forces.

Learn more about the CGCVA at their website.

Here’s what CGCVA has to say about AFR:

“AFR represents many military organizations, has excellent contacts with hotels nationwide, and negotiates the best prices possible. Prior to our association with AFR, obtaining a location for hosting our event and negotiating a contract was very time-consuming, requiring many phone calls and onsite visits to get the right location at the right price.  We needed a better way of doing business and AFR offers that opportunity.

AFR assisted us with organizing our New Orleans 2021 reunion, but because of COVID we rescheduled our event for later in the year at a new location. Within 48 hours AFR identified a hotel in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk area that met our needs at a great price. We couldn’t be happier with our experiences with AFR and will continue to use their services for future reunions.”

– Bruce Bruni, Trustee, Reunion Committee Member Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association