Free vacations, retreats and opportunities for military families


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Attractions (free admission):

Busch Gardens, Sea World, Sesame Place

www.herosalute.com
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Callaway Gardens (Georgia)

www.callawaygardens.com

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Houston Zoo

www.houstonzoo.org

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Living Coast Discovery Center (San Diego Bay at Chula Vista, CA)

www.thelivingcoast.org (military disocunt)

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San Diego Zoo

http://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/faq-page

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BAADS Veteran Sunday Sailing Program (San Francisco, CA)
www.baads.org
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The Veterans Sunday Sailing Program with the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS) provides veterans the opportunity to sail in Access 303 and Access Liberty boats with other veterans every Sunday.

BAADS is offering this program to ALL veterans, not just disabled. This is intended as a thank you for service. Feel free to come this week and each week following with no obligations besides RSVP’ing to keep accurate count of our resources.
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Birdies for the Brave (PGA Tour & Champions Tour events)

www.birdiesforthebrave.org

Birdies for the Brave offers complimentary admission for active, retired, and reserve military along with their dependents at select PGA TOUR and Champions Tour events. Many tournaments also offer discounted admission for veterans.
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Blue Star Museums

http://www.bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums

Blue Star Museums is a program that offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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Blue Star Theatres

http://www.bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Theatres

Nearly two dozen theaters around the country are offering free and discounted tickets for plays, classes and other services to veterans and military families. This new program will also offer workshops and playwriting classes to veterans, job postings and casting notices on military bases.

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Blum’s Landing (Millersburg, MI)

www.blumslanding.org

Blum’s Landing is a place for military personnel who have endured physical and/or mental wounds from serving the country.

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We are a non-profit bed and breakfast for military personnel and their families to relax, to recoup, and to re-energize from the stress of their current rehab and duties.

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BNB for Vets (Veterans Day Bed & Breakfasts)

www.bnbsforvets.org

Innkeepers want to say thank you to those who’ve served their country by inviting veterans to stay in a B&B on Veterans Day. Inns and B&Bs throughout North America will open their doors to active and retired military and vets and one guest by offering a free room to those who’ve served in the military.

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BOASTY – Boaters of America Say Thank You

www.boasty.org

Boaters of America say thank you to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces both active and retired… by taking them boating! If you are a veteran and would like to sign up for a free boat ride you have come to the right place! (Note: The scope of this program has changed, but we have kept the link here for the benefit of military supporters.)
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Camp Gratitude (St. Croix, MN)

www.campgratitude.org

​Camp Gratitude was developed by a partnership of veterans and grateful citizens who want to say “Thanks” to military families. Our mission is to help every family that attends

Camp Gratitude relax and have fun while building strength, resilience and connection following deployment.

The 2014 Camp Gratitude event is already scheduled for June 20th to June 27th at The Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St. Croix, MN.

Because of the increased popularity of Camp Gratitude and the fantastic Because of the increased popularity afforded by the Vet’s Camp, it is recommended applications be submitted early.

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Camp Onomia (Onamia, MN)

http://www.camponomia.org/sumfam.htm

July 2-5, 2014 ~ In its 10th year, this extended weekend is a gift to families who have a parent serving in the armed services to our country. It is a tremendous opportunity for support and family fun on a week which celebrates our national heritage. Combined with prayer and worship in the Christian community that Onomia provides, this is a weekend you will come back for year after year.

There is no cost for this weekend to families who have a parent currently or recently (past 24 months) deployed in the armed services. We also welcome returning families back even if the parent has returned from deployment, but we request that you consider contributing the discounted rates shown below for your experience so that we may continue to offer this program for your peers! (In this case, a deposit of $100 is requested to reserve your registration.)

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Coming Home Project Retreats – California

http://www.cominghomeproject.net/retreats

The Coming Home Project offers free, confidential group support and stress management retreats for OIF and OEF veterans, service members and their families and professional service providers.

A multidisciplinary team of veterans, family members, psychotherapists and interfaith leaders, we are devoted to providing innovative, compassionate care to address the mental, emotional, spiritual and relationship problems veterans and service members face.

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Compass Retreat Center (Loveland, Ohio)

www.compassretreatcenter.org

Our mission is to provide a supportive setting for National Guard Members, Reservists and their families following deployment with emphasis on renewing relationships and strengthening family bonds.

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Disabled Veterans Rest Camp

(Big Marine Lake, Minnesota – North of Twin Cities)

www.vetscampmn.org

The Disabled Veterans Rest Camp provides facilities and opportunities for recreation, rest, and well being for all women and men who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, along with their families. The campground is open to all military personnel in good standing: Active duty, Reservists/Guard, veterans, disabled, retirees, families and friends.
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English River Outfitters (Washington, IA, adjacent Sockum Ridge)

www.englishriveroutfitters.org

English River Outfitters is a veterans resort “Designed by Veterans for Veterans.” We are a resort that will give a memorable outdoor recreation experience for the disabled veteran, veterans, their families, friends and supporters: It recognizes what our veterans have contributed to and sacrificed for our nation.

It is our goal at English River Outfitters Resort to offer all of our veterans, past, present and future; a solitude outdoor recreational resort at no cost to them where they can camp, fish, hunt, hike and enjoy a campfire in an enjoyable relaxing atmosphere. We provide a safe outdoor experience with other veterans to help promote healing and closure and where they can realize their strengths and independence.

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English River Outfitters will offer veterans:

Camaraderie
Hunting: Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Ducks and Geese
Fishing (Stocked Pond)
Dinners/Bar-B-Q’s
Week end get-a-ways

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Fishers of Men (Pompano Beach/Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

http://fishersomen.webs.com/

Free day on the water for veterans, active military, their family and friends – Captain Paul is a Viet Nam War Veteran who works full-time and shares a passion for the sea with wife Lisa. The couple has spent the last 32 years together raising a family, working, worshipping, and always boating.

Now grandparents and living in a small apartment located on a canal in Pompano Beach, these two desire to share their blessings with veterans/active military, their family and friends, by providing free day trips aboard the Lisa B, along the waters of Pompano and surrounding Ft. Lauderdale/Boca/Hollywood areas. Fishing, diving, snorkeling and canal cruising are only a part of what is available. Trips are scaled to meet the desires of the individual veteran and can comfortably accommodate up to six plus crew, depending upon the needs of the charter.

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Fishing for Freedom – June 6-8, 2014 (Quincy, Illinois)

www.fishingforfreedomquincy.org

The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) will soon be entering it’s 14th year and our troops have served on multiple combat deployments. The stresses of combat and high operational tempo have strained our military and their families to no end. We have seen and heard the stories of these heroes as many have returned home with horrific physical injuries, but a tremendous psychological toll is also being paid. Even though several new Department of Defense and Veterans Administration initiatives have attempted to de-stigmatize and address all aspects of mental health, suicide rates are alarmingly high across all services and within our transitioned GWOT veteran population. There is more we can do to help these veterans deal with the baggage of combat and get back to some resemblance of their normal lives.

By their very nature, outdoor recreational activities are extremely therapeutic and have been shown through recent examples to make a difference in our returning warrior’s lives. Although angling is only one of those outdoor activities, it is one that can help our returning heroes escape the hardships of combat deployments and begin the process of assimilation back into to everyday life.

Inspired by the “Army Bass Anglers”, fishing guides take wounded warriors and GWOT veterans out for a day of tounament bass and catfishing fun. With the assistance from a network of bass and catfish anglers throughout the region as well as caring local and corporate sponsors, the Bi-State Basser’s Bass Club will be hosting their 4th annual Fishing for Freedom event.

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Fishing for Freedom – October 11-12, 2014 (Truman Lake, Missouri)

http://fishingforfreedom.us/

​Come out and share a wonderful day of camaraderie on a beautiful lake with America’s real life heroes in an attempt to show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices they make that allow us to enjoy the freedoms of the greatest country in the world.

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Flyin’ Heroes

http://flyinheroes.org/

Flyin’ Heroes is a program that utilizes the sport of fly fishing to promote therapeutic growth and rehabilitation of U.S. military veterans.

The goal of Flyin’ Heroes is to create memorable fly fishing experiences that unlock the healing power of the water and foster lasting relationships.

Fishing is simply the tool that allows us to connect with our local community of veterans. We focus on the importance of creating lasting relationships and life long memories on the river.

Flyin’ Heroes utilizes individualized personal trips, which are used to empower and inspire veterans to make positive gains towards mental health and living productive, fulfilling lives.
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Freedom Hunters

www.freedomhunters.org

Saluting the noble work of our courageous men and women of the Armed Forces is our mission. Freedom Hunters would like to reflect the outdoor community’s appreciation to the troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans on outdoor adventures. With help from conservation groups, outfitters, corporations and land owners, Freedom Hunters will honor individuals from all branches of the Military. It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that Freedom Hunters will carry on the American tradition of hunting and fishing with active military personnel across the United States.

Long deployments away from the fields and streams can be hard on those that love our tradition of hunting and fishing. Some servicemen can miss several seasons between training before the deployment and the actual deployment. In an effort to boost moral, we select a few individuals who are currently deployed to go on dream adventures when they return home.

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Free Military Beaches (New Jersey)

www.freemilitarybeaches.com

Seeking to provide free beach access to military in New Jersey.

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Gameday for Heroes

http://gamedayforheroes.org/

Gameday for Heroes is a not-for-profit organization that sends wounded and active duty military personnel to college sporting events, focusing mainly on football, basketball, and baseball. Gameday For Heroes accepts monetary donations, unused tickets from season ticket holders, donations from university or college athletic departments and ticket offices, and in-kind donations.

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Heroes Meeting Heroes

http://www.chrisbowser.net/index.html

Heroes Meeting Heroes helps veterans get the chance to meet and see famous comedians, music groups, etc who want to show their support of the troops.

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Honor Them Foundation

www.honorthemfoundation.org

The Honor Them Foundation utilizes vacant timeshares and cancelled or unbooked cruises to send combat veterans and their families to five-star resorts or on cruises at no charge to them.

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Horses4Heroes – Ladies Unbridled

Ladies Unbridled

In Las Vegas tradition, “what happens at the ranch, stays at the ranch” during our weekly Ladies Unbridled riding sessions!

Launched in 2013, Ladies Unbridled is a weekly Ladies Only riding session. We are looking for stay-at-home military moms, wives with a deployed, injured or deceased spouse, young military wives and other ladies who would like or need a little “me” time with horses! At our Las Vegas HQ, we request a $10 donation for each session. Prices can vary from facility to facility. Membership in Horses4Heroes is NOT required to participated in Ladies Unbridled.

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Horses4Heroes – Operation Free Ride

Operation Free Ride

An opportunity to ride a horse for free!

Operation Free Ride is a program that offers weekly, hosted or sponsored horseback riding sessions that are free for every member of their family! This program serves military families with a deployed family member, as well as families who have a family member with a disability or serious illness. While our program is not able to serve the needs of the developmentally disabled or those with serious or terminal illnesses, we invite the other family members to enjoy the distractions and benefits to body and soul that only a day with horses can provide.

Operation Free Ride is just one of the programs that help Horses4Heroes fulfill its mission to make horseback riding affordable for, and accessible to the families of the heroes in our community including, but not limited to: active duty military personnel, veterans, law enforcement officers, fire fighters/EMTs, critical care and hospice nurses and others.

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House in the Woods, Inc. (Lee, Maine)

http://houseinthewoods.org/

A free, outdoor self-help program which remains flexible to the needs of those whom we serve. The only expense to participants is their transportation to Lee, Maine. Using the recreational, therapeutic, and educational properties of Maine’s great wilderness and outdoor heritage, we form short-term retreats for participants to meet others with common military-related challenges and experiences. Activities are led by licensed Maine guides and staffed with caring volunteers and assistance from the local VA Center and health professionals from the community upon request. Maine is a four season climate, so activities will be dependent on weather and availability.

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Hunters Helping Soldiers

www.huntershelpingsoldiers.org

The mission of Hunters Helping Soldiers is to provide a means to enhance physical and emotional healing through comradery during hunting and fishing trips as well as mentorship to help ease the transition from military life to civilian life and help families of returning, wounded, and mortally wounded soldiers cope with the challenges they face.

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Hunts for Healing – Family Camp (NE Pennsylvania)

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Hunts for Healing extends this special invitation for you to join with us in our annual summer event; Reconnect with Family at Camp Lackawanna! Hunts for Healing pays for travel and all expenses while at camp

Located in the beautiful Endless Mountains in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hunts for Healing will be hosting an event at Camp Lackawanna which will provide our combat vets (purple heart is not a requirement to be eligible) and their families an opportunity to get back to nature in a setting that promotes a healthy atmosphere to reconnect with your loved ones.

Hunts for Healing will provide our campers with lodging, meals, fantastic outdoor activities for all ages, and assistance with transportation.

The dates of the camp will be August 4-9, 2014 from Monday to Saturday. Children from the age of 5 through teens are welcome, if you have younger children please contact Mindy and we may be able to make concessions. mpiccotti@huntsforhealing.org

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Marineland Military Support Retreat (Gratitude America)

(Marineland, FL)

http://www.gratitudeamerica.org/Marineland/

GratitudeAmerica invites you to download the below applications for our second Marineland Military Support Retreat, an integrative intensive retreat for post 9-11 NE Florida deployed service members and their primary support persons/spouses on July 17th, 18th, 19th, & 20th, 2014.

Our mission is to provide you with an opportunity to relax, restore connections with others who have experienced the stresses related to deployments, and to recreate in the beautiful setting of Marineland.

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National Parks – Free entrance pass

http://store.usgs.gov/pass/index.html

Active duty service men and women – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and activated National Guard and Reserves – can obtain the new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass. The pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

Military members and their dependents can pick up a pass at any national park or wildlife refuge that charges an entrance fee or other selected sites. Members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. The pass is also available to dependents of active duty personnel.

Where there are entrance fees, the pass covers the owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at recreation sites that charge per vehicle. At sites where per-person entrance fees are charged, it covers the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. There is no entry fee for children 15 and under.

While the pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many of these individuals are eligible for other discounted passes, such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, and the Access Pass granting free lifetime access for permanently disabled U.S. citizens.”
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Operation At Ease

(St James Plantation (Southport/Oak Island) on the NC coast)

www.oaeamerica.org

Our mission is to provide active duty military personnel who have deployed or are about to be deployed to Iraq and/or Afghanistan and/or their families with the opportunity for a complimentary weekend of rest, relaxation and recreation, as an expression of our appreciation and gratitude for their service. Available: March through October – the 2nd and 4th weekends of the month.

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Operation Campout (Maryland)

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/armed_forces.asp

The Maryland Park Service is proud to partner with The North Face: Explore Your Parks, to offer an opportunity to camp at selected state parks.

With the new Operation: Campout! program, we can lend you gear free of charge (includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more). This program is designed for military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area. Operation: Campout! is an opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting.

Campsites have picnic tables and fire pits. Some sites have electric hook-ups. Restrooms and shower facilities are nearby.
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Operation Jersey Shore Vacation

http://ojsv.org/

Operation Jersey Shore Vacation is an organization whose purpose is to unite deserving soldiers who have just recently returned from or are about to embark on deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan on a free vacation with their families at the Jersey Shore.

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Operation Oasis at Sandy Cove (Maryland)

www.sandycove.org

Sandy Cove Ministries has created Operation Oasis as a way to say thank you for the sacrifices made by our military. Our desire is that Sandy Cove would be an “oasis” for moms and dads and boys and girls – a place to rest and reconnect with one another after deployment.

Any service man or woman in uniform, including those in the Reserve and National Guard, returning home from deployment in support of OIF, OEF or Operation New Dawn can come to Sandy Cove with their immediate family for FREE! This includes comfortable accommodations in the Chesapeake Lodge or Pioneer Campground cabins, all meals, recreation and program if scheduled. 5-nights for a family of four would normally cost up to $2980, but through generous donations, Sandy Cove is able to offer this as a FREE gift to military families to help you bond together and relax in a Christian atmosphere. One FREE visit per family.
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Operation Outdoors (Armed Services YMCA)

www.asymca.org

(awaiting 2014 information)

Tens of thousands of U.S. service men and women have deployed overseas to Afghanistan and Iraq, and it is their families at home — particularly the children — that have experienced the anxiety and bewilderment of deployment. The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) Operation Outdoors camp program provides an opportunity for these children to take a break from their everyday worries. The unique atmosphere of the camp provides an opportunity for military kids to meet and have fun with each other and build a support network of friends going through the same experience. Children are also able to take advantage of outdoor activities that will help foster leadership and teamwork skills, and boost their self-esteem.

In addition to the camps for children, the ASYMCA sponsors camps that reunite families with loved ones returning from war. Service members are able to take mini getaways to the outdoors and spend quality time with their entire family, catching up and reconnecting.

Available locations:

Honolulu Armed Services YMCA
Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA
Fort Campbell Armed Services YMCA
Armed Services YMCA of Alaska
Junction City Family YMCA
Marysville/North County Branch YMCA
Watertown Family YMCA
Southeast Family YMCA

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Operation Purple Family Retreats – National Military Family Assoc. Family Retreats

www.militaryfamily.org/our-programs/operation-purple/family-retreats/

Operation Purple® Family Retreats are designed to allow families to reconnect after experiencing the stresses surrounding a deployment. They are a great opportunity to spend time outdoors, try new things, make friends, and enjoy quality time together as a family. These four day retreats take place in beautiful National Parks and are led by experienced outdoor educators.

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Operation R&R (South Carolina, Texas)

National website – http://usa.operationrandr.org/

Charleston, SC – http://charleston.operationrandr.org/

Hilton Head, SC – http://www.operationrestandrelax.org/

Austin, TX – http://austin.operationrandr.org/

Operation R&R is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping military families of service men and women, deal with the problems of reintegration and in easing post deployment stress.

This is accomplished by providing a complimentary weeks vacation in donated rental properties at various “affiliate” locations, to provide these deserving military families the opportunity to “reconnect” with their loved ones at little or no cost.

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Operation Vacation (Colorado, Texas)

www.operationvacation.org

Operation Vacation is a grassroots, nonprofit organization based in Glenwood Springs whose purpose is to reunite deserving soldiers with their families on free vacations in the Roaring Fork Valley and Grand County in Colorado and Dallas and Austin in Texas. Operation Vacation, funded entirely by private and corporate donations, also seeks to promote support and sponsorship of the organization in the communities it serves. Operation Vacation is committed to carrying out missions of gratitude by deploying our troops for all expenses-paid weekend getaways, allowing them quality family time and peace and freedom they put their lives on the line for everyday.

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Operation Welcome Home at Miracle Lodge Retreat and Conference Center

(Stewartville, MN)

http://miraclelodge.com/militaryatthemiraclelodge.aspx

Offers a military family summer retreat in July 2014.

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Operation Welcome Homes (Door County, Wisconsin)

www.operationwelcomehomes.org

Started as a pilot program in Door County, Operation Welcome Homes has given free vacations to retired Iraq and Afghanistan vets and their families from all across America.

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Outward Bound

www.outwardbound.org

Adventure and challenge, solitude, reflection, and renewal, the wilderness has always symbolized a new beginning – a place for discovery and fulfilling adventure. The Outward Bound program for veterans provides an opportunity for camaraderie and has proven to be a powerful tool helping veterans readjust after leaving the combat zone.

Our newest programs offer numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for war veterans, and are fully funded for all participants, to include their roundtrip stateside travel costs between home and the excursion site. Our goals include helping participating veterans build a supportive community with other war veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating our veterans’ spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.

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Pearl Harbor Historic Sites (Oahu, Hawaii)

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites honors military birthdays with “free pass” days for active duty Armed Forces members, retirees and dependents. Paid admission is being waived for tours of the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum.

DOWNLOAD this document which lists the dates this offer is available for each of the five branches of service.

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Project New Hope (Canada and United States)

www.projectnewhope.net

Project New Hope exists to provide veteran family retreats.

Including the whole family (even the kids!) is unique to Project New Hope and fosters family togetherness through a wilderness getaway. It is our goal to provide combat veterans and their families with the education, training, and skills necessary to manage their lives after wartime service; repair of relationships is a primary goal. And of course, have fun in the process!

NO COST TO PARTICIPANTS. That’s right. There is no cost to the families on the retreat.

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Project Hope (Leicester, Maine)

www.projectnewhopema.org

Project New Hope exists to provide veteran retreats.Including the whole family (even the kids!) is unique to Project New Hope and fosters family togetherness through a wilderness getaway.It is our goal to provide veterans (singles, couples, and families) with the education, training, and skills necessary to manage their lives after wartime service repair of relationships is a primary goal. And of course, have fun in the process!

NO COST TO PARTICIPANTS. That’s right.

There is no cost to the families on the retreat.

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Project Sanctuary (Rocky Mountains, CO)

www.projectsanctuary.us

Project Sanctuary is an innovative veteran non-profit organization that brings military families together following deployments. During a six day retreat in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Project Sanctuary provides recreational activities as a form of diversion therapy to help military men and women and their families reconnect, heal from lengthy separations and begin to communicate again.

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Purple Heart Ranch (Sterling City, TX)

Military Warriors Hero Support Foundation

Skills4Life

Purple Heart Ranch is open exclusively to combat wounded heroes and to Gold Star families. The ranch is also open to children of combat wounded heroes and those who have a parent currently deployed to a combat zone. Both the families of the wounded heroes and the parents of the children are encouraged to come and enjoy the experience with the hunters. There is fishing available at both properties and many other activities for the families. Both ranches are rich in history and are littered with Native American artifacts, especially arrow heads.

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Reel American Heroes

www.reelamericanheroes.org

The Reel American Heroes Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote recreational opportunities for wounded Soldiers, active duty Soldiers and veterans of the United States military.

Our organization sets up fishing tournament at military bases in the United States throughout the year. When the soldiers and their families arrive we provide all of them with free fishing equipment that they keep to further pursue the sport if they choose. Each morning all military related participants are paired up with volunteer anglers and taken out to fish an actual tournament. During each day, games, food, drinks and entertainment are all provided free of charge from launch to weigh-in. After the weigh-ins trophies are awarded to the top three soldiers (or family members) for the biggest fish in each category.

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Seats 4 Soldiers

http://seats4soldiers.org/

Seats4Soldiers is a non-profit that enables its supporters to honor our deployed U.S. military and reserve servicemen and women for their sacrifices by donating “seats” (tickets) to sporting/entertainment events upon their safe return home.

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Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families

http://www.huntforvets.com/activities/

The Sportsmen’s Foundation for Military Families (SFMF), an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is established to provide combat veterans a chance to participate in the hunting sports. Any combat veteran of the United States Armed Forces, or an immediate family member of a veteran killed in combat, is eligible to apply. Our hunts have proven to be extremely therapeutic to those in need. However, participation is not limited to those who have been wounded in battle or are suffering, any combat veteran may apply. All hunts are professionally guided. It is our way of saying thank you for your service.

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Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe, CA)

http://squaw.com/summer-rates

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State Parks – New Hampshire

http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/visiting/park-promotions.aspx

Active members of any military branch regardless of residence are granted free admission to day-use areas for themselves only with presentation of their military ID.

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Take a Soldier Fishing

www.takeasoldierfishing.org

We assist communities at large, by offering them the ability to show their support for the troops by sponsoring our Take A Soldier Fishing program. This allows service members to see just how much they are appreciated. For those that serve to support our fishing program, it gives the individual the ability to see how their support makes a profound difference in a service member or veterans life by providing a safe and positive outdoor experience.

We strive to show that there are people out there that care, and want to help. By providing these events, we have found they give the soldiers something to look forward to. We have also found that soldiers have also changed their outlook on life – the way they feel about wearing their uniform and a new sense of hope.

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Tents for Troops

www.tentsfortroops.org

As a very small way of saying “Thank You” for all of the hard work and sacrifices men and women in the military make, campgrounds and RV parks around the nation would like to offer free camping for active military. Please visit our Camp Locations page to find a participating park near where you wish to spend some R & R. Active military will be required to present active military I.D. at the time of check in. The offer is for active military and members of their immediate family only. Please call the park directly for reservations. Reservations are required.

Can’t find a site where you want to visit? The best way to help promote the growth of Tents For Troops is word-of-mouth. Recommend the site to any active military you know. If you personally know an RV park/resort or campground that may be interested in joining, please get them in contact with us (or us with them)! We hope to have multiple places to stay per state as soon as possible – and that can be made much more possible with your help. Help us get the word out! Please be courteous to our member parks. If you enjoy your stay, consider blogging about it, posting an online review, and telling friends or family members about the program. And remember to tell the staff at the campground that you appreciate your stay!

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The Cove (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association – Asheville, NC)

www.thecove.org

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is proud of you and other brave men and women in uniform, and we appreciate your service to our country. To show our thanks, we are pleased to offer full scholarships for active-duty military personnel and their spouses to attend a seminar at The Cove, located in Asheville, N.C.

Come renew your spirit through encouragement and sound biblical teaching from respected Christian speakers. You will also enjoy the quiet seclusion of our mountain retreat, complete with winding trails, relaxing rooms, and celebrated cuisine. Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to be alone with God.

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The North Face Explore Your Parks Camping 101 Program for Military Families (Maryland)

http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/armed_forces.asp

From the mountains of Western Maryland to the sandy beaches of Assateague, the Maryland Park Service is proud to offer wonderful recreational opportunities for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families to enjoy.

With 66 State Parks, we provide activities such as hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, teambuilding ropes courses, hunting and camping. Such experiences as these will aid in the veteran’s mental and physical well-being and establish a new base of potential employees.

With the new OPERATION: CAMPOUT! Program, we can lend you gear free of charge (includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more). This program is designed for military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area.

Maryland is situated in close proximity to our nation’s Capitol and multiple military installations.

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Ticket Club (free membership)

http://www.ticketclub.com/military-members-discount.aspx

As a special thank you, please accept a FREE Ticket Club™ Premier membership, valued at $49.99.

We’re extending this offer to active duty and veteran U.S. military personnel. While anyone can shop on the Ticket Club™ website for great prices on a large selection of tickets to concerts, sports, and theater events, you, as a member, can save even more – with no service fees!

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The Rucksack: Rewards for Vets

www.rucksack.iava.org

Where IAVA member veterans get access to exclusive tickets, giveaways and more. Signing up is free and easy. Open to all confirmed veterans of Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF).

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Tight Lines for Troops (Manistee, MI) – May 16-17, 2014

www.tightlinesfortroops.com

5th Annual Tight Lines for Troops Charity Fishing Tournament for Michigan’s veterans. This free event helps disabled veterans have fun, and thanks them for their outstanding service to our country.

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Tip Ups for the Troops (Brighton, MI) – June 7, 2014

http://www.biami.org/michigan-brain-injury-events.htm#troops

http://www.biami.org/tips-up-for-the-troops

8th Annual Charity Bass Fishing Tournament is for veterans and military service personnel. For more information on the fishing tournament, Family Fun Walk and Volleyball Tournament, visit the TIPS-UP for the Troops.

Please join us in a day of celebration with food, fun, entertainment, and games for the whole family.

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Veterans Expeditions

www.vetexpeditions.com

Offers national, local and regional expeditions for military veterans.

We will connect and challenge veteran teams in the outdoors and tell the stories of our teams to the broader veteran and non-veteran community to increase understanding of the military veteran experience.

Success in the outdoors is never guaranteed, but if one never gets to the base of the trail and takes the first step, one never knows what might be possible. By preparing and taking veterans on outdoor expeditionary challenges Veterans Expeditions will prove to those participating and observing, that military veterans, regardless of any existing or perceived mental or physical disability are capable of contributing to a team’s greater strength and accomplishing a difficult mission.

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Veterans Outdoor World Inc.

www.vowusa.org

Whether you are a disabled veteran, non-disabled veteran, or a non-veteran who loves the outdoors and is willing to help our disabled veterans enjoy the outdoors, we want to welcome you to the organization.

Our goal is to help as many disabled veterans, who love hunting and fishing, continue to enjoy their love for the outdoors as much as possible. Keeping in mind, not all disabilities are physical. To accomplish this, we hope to make personal connections between our veterans and volunteers to allow as many opportunities as possible to stay active in their desired activity.

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Veteran Tickets Foundation

www.vettix.org

Our mission is to give without prejudice FREE tickets to all veterans, active duty military and their families as a way of saying Thank You! We team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and everyday ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets to the more than 26 million veterans and active duty military in the United States.

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Walleyes for Warriors (Bay City, MI) – June 14-15, 2014

www.walleyesforwarriors.com

Walleyes for Warriors is an organization, working with Operation Injured Soldiers, conducting the 4th annual Walleyes for Warriors fishing tournament free to all veterans and active duty service members.

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Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” Program

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/armed_forces.asp

The Warrior Hike “Walk Off The War” program is an outdoor therapy program that supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by thru-hiking America’s National Scenic Trails, which includes Maryland on the Appalachian Trail.

Warrior Hike supports veterans participating in the “Walk Off The War” program by providing them with the equipment and supplies required to complete a thru-hike, and coordinating trail town support with the numerous veteran and hiking organizations that are located along the trails. Warrior Hike also assists with future employment opportunities with the program’s numerous partners and supporters.

Recreation opportunities for military personnel and their families

References:

http://www.operationwearehere.com/VeteransFamiliesRecreation.html