Get Military Discounts on Local Entertainment With American Forces Travel

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Members of the military community already use American Forces Travel to save money when booking leisure travel. But now you can also use the website to score discounts on great entertainment right in your own community.

Due to COVID-19:

Many events have been canceled or postponed. Please continue to check the Events page to learn the most up-to-date information on events of interest until further notice.

Concerts, theater, sporting events and more – the American Forces Travel Secondary Ticket Marketplace offers military discounts on more than 200,000 bookable events across the country. These resale tickets are provided through reputable and established companies, so you can buy with confidence. You also get these perks:

  • No membership fees
  • No service charges
  • No shipping fees
  • Moneyback guarantee (restrictions apply)
  • Post-purchase support through the American Forces Travel call center, open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m., EST

Plus, morale, welfare and recreation programs around the world receive a commission on everything you book through American Forces Travel. That funding helps pay for services you use, like outdoor recreation, pools, parks and workshops on your installation.

To use the Secondary Ticket Marketplace, click the “Event Tickets” tab on the American Forces Travel website. First-time users will be asked to verify their eligibility with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Report System database.

Anyone who can use MWR programs and services can also use American Forces Travel. For a full list of eligible patrons, click “Who Is Eligible” on the American Forces Travel webpage.

Military discounts on travel, hotels, rental cars, flights and more

In addition to event tickets, American Forces Travel lets service members and their families book their leisure travel and vacations online, and at a discount:

  • Flights inside and outside the U.S.
  • Hotels all around the world
  • Rental cars
  • Cruises and vacation packages

Military travelers booking through American Forces Travel enjoy lower booking fees, have a best price guarantee, and get deals on prepaid car rental rates. American Forces Travel is a joint service initiative, and provides leisure travel discounts through its service provider, Priceline Group Inc.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library

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Military OneSource provides free, online resources to service members and their families via the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks on virtually every topic, as well as databases and reference books that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and serve as a homework source, or prepare you to land your next job.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library is an incredible free resource for service members and their families. Just log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started and enjoy browsing.

Note that the list provided here includes just some of the resources available. The categories are guidelines only. Many of the resources can be useful or entertaining across age groups.

For children

The digital library offers online resources to help children learn to read or keep their grades up, research topics for writing assignments or just find a great story for a long afternoon:

  • BookFlix pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction titles to reinforce early reading skills and develop real-world knowledge.
  • Explora Primary features a database of colorful and fun resources that help children in grades K – 5 learn about animals, music, health, history, people and places, science, math and sports.
  • Gale in Context: Middle School provides reference content to help students complete assignments in literature, science, social studies and history. Offerings include videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources and much more.
  • NoveList K-8 Plus offers recommendations specifically for younger readers, helping kids find books that are appropriate for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.
  • Tutor.com for military children gives kids access to online tutoring and homework help from live, expert tutors in more than 16 subjects. Tutors can help with tonight’s homework or catch your child up on missed concepts and lessons, all for free.

    NOTE: Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy has temporarily expanded program eligibility to Tutor.com beyond Department of Defense Education Activity students and active-duty children to ease academic disruptions due to COVID-19. Online tutoring is available 24/7 through Tutor.com to any adult or child member of DOD civilian, National Guard, reserve or wounded warrior military families. Students, kindergarten through college, can receive live, on-demand tutoring, homework help and test preparation from expert tutors in more than 100 subjects.

For teens

Teenagers can take advantage of the library’s resources too, including:

  • EBSCO Learning Express provides eLearning tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles that help users build their skills in a wide array of core subjects for success in the classroom, on the job, and in life, including preparation for CLEP, DSST, ACT, SAT, GRE and more.
  • FreedomFlix brings history to life by capturing the dramatic and defining moments in American history through dynamic ebooks with embedded popup features such as maps, timelines, virtual tour clips, primary source videos and audio clips.
  • ScienceFlix offers more than 50 complete units of study with over 6,500 science-related assets in a variety of media, providing students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more. This is also a great resource for young children.
  • TrueFlix offers dozens of units to supplement social studies and science core curricula learning, helping students improve literacy skills, build content-area knowledge and cultivate the critical skills necessary for academic success and college and career readiness. This is also a great resource for young children.

For adults

For adults looking to advance their education or career, there are even more resources available at the digital library.

  • Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science and psychology.
  • Ancestry® Library allows you to unlock the story of your family with billions of U.S. and international records.
  • Britannica Academic allows fast and easy access to thousands of articles, biographies, videos, images and websites. The inclusion of ImageQuest offers more than three million images, all rights-cleared for educational, non-commercial use.
  • Britannica Annals of American History offers a rich and varied history of the United States, providing a year-by-year documentary of American thought and action. Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems and interviews.
  • Britannica Library provides three sites in one—Children, Young Adults and the Reference Center—where you can conduct research, complete school assignments, work on special projects, or explore your unique interests. You can even store your research in your personal My Britannica account.
  • Business Plan Builder provides help for aspiring entrepreneurs, and individuals interested in planning an optimizing their small businesses or nonprofits. It provides a step-by-step process supported by a rich variety of recognized tools that enable users to produce complete business plans and other documents essential for gaining access to capital and growing their enterprise.
  • Chilton Automotive Maintenance Library gives you the information you need to tackle vehicle maintenance and repairs with confidence. The library covers thousands of year, make and model combinations, including the most popular vehicles of the past 30 years.
  • Consumer Reports help you find the best deals, ratings, and reviews on thousands of popular consumer items from one of the most respected sources.
  • EBSCO Audiobook Collection offer more than 2,000 audiobooks in different subjects and categories available for download. Log in with your EBSCOhost account (software download required).
  • EBSCO eBook Collection contains more than 3,000 titles in the areas of fiction, history, health & medicine, self-help, business, economics, law, and more.
  • EBSCO Learning Express provides eLearning tutorials, practice tests, e-books, flashcards and articles that help users build their skills in a wide array of core subjects for success in the classroom, on the job, and in life, including preparation for CLEP, DSST, ASVAB, GRE and more.
  • Entrepreneurship can help you learn how to plan, fund start or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.
  • Fold3 Library Edition is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content, bringing to life the details of America’s military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents, from the Revolutionary War through today.
  • Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia offers a vast reference library with full articles about thousands of topics.
  • Gale eBooks is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, which can be accessed remotely 24/7.
  • Gale Health & Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia and much more, covering a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.
  • Gale in Context: Science is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. Content includes full-text magazines, academic journals, news articles, experiments, images, videos and more.
  • Gale Online Resources features 160 million full-text articles from leading books, journals, magazines, newspapers and primary sources, multimedia assets including videos, podcasts, tutorials and images and daily updates of new content. Additional resources are available through Gale include Opposing Viewpoints in Context, National Geographic Virtual Library and much more.
  • GreenFILE contains well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. It is provided by EBSCOhost.
  • ImageQuest brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with over three million rights-cleared images from 62 leading collections.
  • Kanopy provides access to more than 30,000 award-winning films and documentaries anywhere, anytime with any device.
  • Legal Forms offers a wide selection of state and multi-state-specific legal forms. Users can draft specialized documents in many legal subject areas including: pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord/tenant and many others. A comprehensive attorney state directory and dictionary of legal definitions are also included.
  • Library, Information, Science & Technology Abstracts contains references on librarianship, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.
  • Mango Languages is a digital language learning program for learners of all levels, with courses in more than 70 different foreign languages, 21 English language courses and 44 specialty courses. Mango’s language-learning methodology is designed to simulate the way people learn a foreign language when actually immersed in everyday conversation.
  • Military and Intelligence provides military personnel with access to scholarly journals, magazines and reports covering all aspects of the past and present military affairs. Updated annually, this library resource contains hand-selected content supporting key subject areas such as, governmental policies, the socioeconomic effects of war, the structure of the armed forces and more.
  • Morningstar Investment Research Center gives you information on stocks and mutual funds. You can visit the Investment Classroom to hone your investing skills, explore dozens of articles and videos about the stock market.
  • National Geographic Virtual Library includes every article of National Geographic magazine from 1888 through 1994. Users can search vivid photographs and historic articles.
  • NoveList Plus is a trusted source of expert reading recommendations for both fiction and nonfiction, and for all ages.
  • PressReader Digital Newspapers provides interactive, digital access to nearly 7,000 of the world’s best newspapers and magazines. Just like reading a print edition, viewers can browse articles and other key elements, including pictures, advertisements, classifieds and notices in full-color.
  • RBdigital eBooks and Audiobooks provides a library of digital content that you can download or your home computer or mobile device.
  • RBdigital Magazines allows you to read or download a large assortment of popular news and special interest digital magazines on your PC, smartphone or laptop. Use the access key MOSDOD to create your account.
  • O’Reilly Online Learning (previously Safari Books Online) provides access to more than 57,000 eBooks, videos, live learning and interactive coding sandboxes and tutorials.
  • Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers hundreds of reference books with original photos and illustrations of engines for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, outdoor power equipment, tractors, generators and other small engines.
  • Teachables provides access to more than 15,000 teacher-created, vetted printables to support instruction. Download activities for any pre-K to 6th 8th grade subject: math, science, reading comprehension, STEM, writing and beyond. Download printable lesson plans, reading passages, games and puzzles, clip art, bulletin board ideas, teacher supports, and skills sheets.
  • Teacher Reference Center has indexing and abstracts for more than 270 of the most popular teacher and administrator journals and magazines.
  • Universal Class offers lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units (CEUs). More than 500 courses are available, and all are designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Universal Class includes videos, assignments, quizzes, tests and options for social media interaction with other learners. Patrons may take multiple classes and learn at their own pace.
  • Weiss Financial Ratings offers access to financial literacy tools on retirement planning, home and mortgage, insurance strategies, and saving for your child’s education.

The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library is an incredible free resource for service members and their families. Just log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started and enjoy browsing.

Military Discounts on Recreation and Entertainment

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If you’re looking for discounted travel, entertainment and recreation opportunities, consider taking advantage of your military discounts. Your military ID is your ticket to military resorts, discount flights, vacation packages, and more opportunities for fun and relaxation.

Access fun with Information, Tickets and Travel

Your installation’s Information, Tickets and Travel office, sometimes referred to as Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is where you’ll find discounted recreation for you and your family.

To take advantage of recreation and leisure travel, you’ll need to provide proof of Department of Defense affiliation—a military ID or a leave and earning statements. Once you’ve provided proof, you and your family can begin to receive military discounts on the following:

  • Local attraction tickets
  • Destination attraction tickets
  • Concerts and sporting events
  • Day trips and tours
  • Cruises
  • Rental cars
  • Flights
  • Lodging
  • Leisure travel services

You can also take advantage of exclusive offers available only to service members and avoid extra fees like tax or facility fees. Your installation’s website may also feature a price list that allows you to browse available attractions, events and destinations and compare prices.

Find military lodging and resorts around the world

Military families are eligible to use military lodging around the world, ranging from cottages on the beach to world-class resorts. These facilities provide a selection of affordable, safe and fun places to vacation, but keep in mind your status will usually determine when and how your reservation can be made. The type of facilities available are:

  • Installation lodging: Located mostly on military installations, these facilities are generally designed for service members traveling on official business or families with permanent change of station orders.
  • Recreation facilities: For families interested in short or long getaways, these facilities offer lodging, rental equipment, tours and other activities at an economical rate.
  • Resorts: Military resorts are located in popular vacation destinations such as Disney World® and Hawaii, and in areas with a large military presence, such as Japan, Korea and Germany.
    • You can usually make reservations, but you should plan ahead for travel during peak periods.
    • Rates will be based on rank and duty status, but are generally lower than comparable civilian lodging.
  • Nongovernment-owned hotels: Managed by private nonprofit organizations, hotels such as Marines’ Memorial Club in San Francisco or Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club in New York serve active-duty and former service members.

Planning your getaway

You should research military lodging in the area you want to visit, as well as the amenities and reservation policies. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Find the best time to go: If you plan on visiting a resort during peak vacation period, such as summer time, be sure to make your reservations as soon as possible. Keep in mind that some lodging facilities prioritize reservations by branch of service, duty station or status.
  • Use military lodging and service branch websites:
  • Take advantage of leisure services: Many facilities offer services such as restaurants, boat rentals, ski equipment rental, area tours and discount tickets to area attractions. Before making your reservations, be sure to inquire about available services and if they require advance reservations.

If you need travel inspiration or help finding military discounts, you can call Military OneSource and speak with one of our consultants at 800-342-9647. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.

Take Command of Your Well-Being With a Health and Wellness Coach

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Losing weight, managing stress, tackling transitions — if you’re ready to make some life changes, free consultations with Military OneSource health and wellness coaches can help you set goals and create a plan to reach them.

You can be more successful in reaching your maximum potential when you have a coach cheering you on. Military OneSource health and wellness coaches stand ready to be your personal cheerleader.

How can a health and wellness coach help me improve my life?

Having a health coach in your corner helps you make a plan, focus on results and reach your goals. The top five ways a wellness coach can improve your life are by helping to:

  1. Clarify your focus (identify your beliefs, values and vision, and goals)
  2. Set you up for success (create an action plan to achieve your goals)
  3. Prepare you for the unexpected (eliminate roadblocks or barriers that stand in the way)
  4. Keep you on course (hold you accountable for your goals)
  5. Celebrate your achievements (acknowledge your hard work when you reach your goal)

What topics and goals do health and wellness coaches support?

Health and wellness coaches provide information, support, encouragement and accountability on specific topics including:

  • Weight management
  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Health condition management
  • Stress management
  • Life transitions

Contact Military OneSource 24/7.

You can get personalized help 365 days a year by telephone and online.

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How can a coach help with life transitions?

Having a plan can sometimes make major adjustments and life changes easier. A Military OneSource health and wellness coach can help you make a plan before or during those life transitions when you’re adapting to changes such as deployment, moving, becoming a new parent or retirement.

Who’s eligible for health and wellness coaching?

The Military OneSource Health and Wellness Coaching Program is a free resource for eligible service members (regardless of activation status) and certain others including:

  • Active duty
  • National Guard
  • Reserve members
  • Immediate family members and survivors of active-duty, National Guard and reserve members

How do I get started with a health coach?

Call 800-342-9647 to sign up for health and wellness coaching sessions. You can choose from three Health and Wellness Coaching Program session options:

  • Phone
  • Secure, real-time online chat
  • Secure, real-time video session

Are there self-directed wellness programs available?

If you prefer to work without a coach, visit the United States Department of Agriculture MyPlate Plan to try a self-directed online program that tracks things like nutrition and exercise.

You’re one call away from starting to live a healthier life. Call today for the information, support, encouragement and accountability a Military OneSource health and wellness coach can give you.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs and Eligibility

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From fitness and sports to tickets and travel, Morale, Welfare and Recreation has something for everyone. Programs vary by location and whether you’re stationed on an installation or off, you’ll always have a way to access these offerings to relax, have fun and connect with others.

  • Fitness, aquatics and sports programs: Hit the gym, try yoga, swim laps at the pool or join an organized sport. If you aren’t near an installation gym, work out at any of the more than 3,000 YMCAs and private fitness facilities that offer military memberships to those who are eligible.
  • Boating programs, bowling centers, golf courses, stables and special interest recreation programs: Now’s the time to try something new. Get a great deal on a boat rental, horseback riding or another special interest program, like scuba diving or flying. Get a group of friends together for a night of bowling or an affordable round of golf.
  • Individual skills development programs: Get in touch with your creative side with arts and crafts, check out a program at a performing arts center, or learn some handy automotive skills while working on your car.
  • Libraries: Check out a bestseller, read a magazine article or study for an upcoming test with library resources. Visit your installation library or log in to your Military OneSource account to access the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library from anywhere in the world. Download select titles to your smartphone or tablet or get an audiobook for your next road trip.
  • Information, Tickets and Travel: Get tickets to a movie or an amusement park at a reduced rate or ask an Information, Tickets and Travel employee for help planning your next vacation, from airfare to resort reservations. Use your discounts to see sporting events or go to a concert you’ve wanted to see.
  • Recreational lodging: Rent a beach cabana, find the perfect ski chalet or take your family members camping — all at significant savings.
  • Outdoor recreation programs: Whether it’s mountain biking, paintballing or hunting, your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program can help you get out there. Rent a tent and sleep under the stars, or rent a few coolers, tables and chairs and host a backyard BBQ (equipment rental varies by location). If there’s not an installation near you, consider checking out the no-cost annual pass offered by the National Park Service that provides you with access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
  • Recreation centers: Get your video game fix with a tournament against your friends, watch the big game with good company or just take advantage of free Wi-Fi at your local rec center.
  • Single service member programs: Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs offer a variety of single service member programs that support singles ages 18 to 25 with sports, trips and tours, concerts, holiday and special event activities and much more.

For more information about your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.

 

Eligibility

Now that you’re ready to have some fun, here’s some information on how to make it happen:

Unlimited use: The following persons and their immediate families generally have unlimited access to all Morale, Welfare and Recreation services and programs.

  • Service members on active duty
  • Members of the Reserve Components (Ready Reserve, National Guard and reservists in training)
  • Cadets of the service academies and Merchant Marine cadets
  • Retired service members and their family members
  • Honorably-discharged veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability
  • Medal of Honor recipients
  • Unmarried surviving spouses and orphans of personnel who died on active duty or in retired status, or who were married to the service member for 20 years while they were on active duty
  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians stationed outside the United States

 

Limited use: The installation commander establishes limited use eligibility requirements that are subject to local demand and capacity. Here’s a list of the groups who may have limited access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs and services based on local installation policy:

  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians and their families stationed inside the United States
  • Retired Department of Defense civilians and their families
  • Department of Defense contract personnel and technical representatives when working full time on the installation
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets when participating in field training or practice cruises
  • Former prisoners of war or those missing in action, along with their family members
  • Military Housing Privatization Initiative employees and residents, and privatized Army lodging employees
  • Foreign national employees
  • Guests and members of the public (when established criteria have been met)

For more information on limited use eligibility, check with your installation Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

Enjoying National Parks as a Military Family

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There’s something for almost everyone in our national parks. Follow these travel tips to plan your next great national park adventure:

Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or a sit-and-watch-the-world-roll-by kind of person, there’s a national park vacation right for you.

Enjoy an outdoor adventure on a budget

It costs next to nothing to discover nature and spend quality time with your family, so pick a park, pack up your car and hit the road. Here are a few travel tips as you plan your next vacation to one of the country’s 417 national parks or areas:

  • Find a park: With fields and forests, canyons and coastline, America’s national parks have something for every kind of nature lover. You can search for parks by name, location, activity or topic at the National Park Service website.
  • Visit the park’s website: Once you’ve picked a park, you can download all you need to know about hours, directions, activities and fees. While most parks don’t charge a fee, military families — active, reserve and those medically discharged — qualify for a no-cost annual pass. Many parks issue passes onsite, or you can plan your visit to a park during one of the six fee-free entrance periods.
  • Pick your activities: National parks offer exciting activities for all ages. If you have children, check out the Junior Ranger events and programs. Remember, you can search for activities everyone in your family can enjoy. You can also find wheelchair-accessible activities and trails.
  • Contact the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program: Don’t forget to contact Morale, Welfare and Recreation on your installation for lodging discounts and options. Also see what equipment you can rent before you head out on your adventure. Whether you need a kayak, skis and snow boots, or you want to rent a boat, the program has a lot of gear available to rent. Your Information, Tickets and Travel office can also help you score majorly discounted tickets to nearby attractions and activities outside the parks too.
  • Play safely: Always follow the rules and warning signs at each park. Sturdy looking rocks may not be as solid as you think. If there is a sign warning you to stay off, be alert and follow the rules. You don’t want your trip to end in an emergency room.

With free passes, discounted outdoor gear and tons of activities, you can spend quality time with your family and explore the country’s national parks. Get free, year-round access to national parks and other federal recreation spots with the military pass.

Travel Planning – The Essentials

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You joined the armed forces because you love an adventure, but getting from point A to point B doesn’t happen automatically. Military OneSource is here to point you to resources that can assist you with your travel planning and help you make the most of your excursions, whether you book a cruise in the Caribbean or venture a few miles outside of your neighborhood.

Get started with these ideas:

Consider Space-A travel.

Service members and their families can use Space-Available flights to travel. Though sometimes unpredictable, military flights are perfect for families with flexible plans and limited travel budgets. You can sign up for a Space-A flight through a military terminal up to 60 days in advance.

Note: Effective March 21, 2020, Air Mobility Command temporarily suspended most Space-A travel due to COVID-19.

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Take advantage of TSA Precheck®

Service members and their families can take advantage of TSA Precheck to expedite waiting time at the airport when flying commercial. Simply use your Department of Defense ID as your known traveler number. You’ll bypass long security lines without removing your shoes or jacket or having to take your laptop out of your bag.

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Get military discounts through American Forces Travel.

Eligible members of the military community can use American Forces Travel to book leisure travel online. The one-stop travel booking site is a joint service initiative that offers discounts on airfare, rental cars, flights, cruises and more. You can use the website to book your next trip, while helping to fund other current and future morale, welfare and recreation programs.

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Save money with a staycation.

A staycation is a vacation where you discover your local area while avoiding the time, hassle and expense of travel. Consider these benefits: sleeping in your own bed, not needing to pack and spending your money on fun activities in your own community. Your MWR program can help you find the best local activities.

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Travel benefits for college students.

Military family members enrolled in colleges away from an active-duty parent’s OCONUS duty station are eligible for travel benefits. The government will pay for one round trip each fiscal year for college students if they meet certain requirements. This travel benefit must be authorized through the service member’s command and be completed through the military travel office.

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Department of Defense Summer Camps

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Have some activities planned to keep your kids busy, engaged and having fun when school lets out. Department of Defense summer camps may be a great addition to your child’s summer lineup. Make it a summer to remember by checking out these potential camping experiences:

Teen adventure and science camps

There are teen adventure camps specifically for military pre-teens and teens available across the United States, from Washington to New York. These camps can be a great option for a teen interested in adding some excitement to their summer. Understand that:

  • Youth ages 10-18 can enjoy adventure camps partnered with private organizations around the country.
  • There are multiple camps to choose from.
  • Camps include fantastic wilderness excursions like sailing, kayaking and survival camp.

Available camps can be found at Military Teen Adventure Camps, 4-H Military Partnerships and DOD Starbase.

Installation camps

Many military installations offer summer camps for different groups. They may include general camps, interest-based camps or deployment camps.

To find a camp or summer activity on your installation, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, choose “Program or Service” from the drop-down menu, type in “Youth Programs/Centers” and then proceed with your zip code or installation.

The camaraderie of camp might be just what your military children need.

  • Military life can be challenging for military kids, and summer camps can provide a safe space while teaching skills to navigate the ups and downs.
  • Your child can build a support network of other military youth who may have similar experiences.

For more information about summer camps or activities, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or connect via Live Chat 24/7/365. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.

Never Forget: Visit Our National Memorials Honoring 9/11

9-11 Pentagon Memorial

On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people perished during the single largest terrorist attack in American history. Almost 20 years later, millions of Americans still remember the events of that day. You can honor those who died by taking a journey to one of the three September 11 national memorials.

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Dedicated on Sept. 11, 2008, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is a beautiful open space shaded by 85 crape myrtle trees. The memorial contains 184 memorial units: benches surrounded by a lit water pool, each engraved with the name of a deceased service member or civilian. These benches honor all those who died at the Pentagon during the attack, including passengers on American Airlines Flight 77, which terrorists hijacked and crashed into the building.

The open-air memorial is free and open 24 hours a day. Check out the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial website for more information and to plan a visit. You can also learn about each family, friend or loved one that perished at the Pentagon, while experiencing the memorial virtually on Defense.gov. Note: The memorial will be closed from 5-11 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2019.

As a family member and a survivor, I have a love-hate relationship with the Pentagon Memorial. The love is having a place to go to honor my sister and coworkers. The love is the design, and the care that went into building it. The love is seeing all the people who supported it, who visit it every year. And the hate… I hate it, because I wish it wasn’t there. That 9/11 didn’t happen at all.

Katherine D., a retired Pentagon worker, surviving family member and building survivor who volunteers at the memorial

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum are two connected sites of remembrance and education, honoring those who perished at the World Trade Center in both the skyscrapers and American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175.

The outdoor National September 11 Memorial features almost-acre sized reflecting pools and the largest manmade waterfalls in North America, nestled within the foundations of where the “Twin Towers” once stood.

The National September 11 Museum is the only national museum of its kind exclusively dedicated to recording the events of 9/11, as well as the lingering influence of the attacks on the country’s culture and politics. The museum features both permanent and visiting exhibitions, encouraging repeated visits to see these events from a different perspective.

While the memorial is free, the museum does charge for admission.

The Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania

The third national memorial dedicated to the events of September 11, 2001 is the Flight 93 National Memorial, located at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in southwestern Pennsylvania. Here, the passengers and crew wrestled control away from their terrorist hijackers, purposefully crashing the plane to prevent another attack, saving lives and thwarting an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the full outdoor memorial and the Visitor Center to learn more about the memorial’s design and the 40 passengers and crew it honors. The National Park Service maintains this memorial and its grounds year-round. There is no entrance fee.

Plan a trip that takes in the 9/11 memorials

As your military life takes you across this country, add a stop to visit one of these memorials to learn about those who died during the September 11 terrorist attacks. It is important not to forget what happened.