Free vacations, retreats and opportunities for military families
Attractions (free admission):
Busch Gardens, Sea World, Sesame Place
Callaway Gardens (Georgia)
Living Coast Discovery Center (San Diego Bay at Chula Vista, CA)
BAADS Veteran Sunday Sailing Program (San Francisco, CA)
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.
Birdies for the Brave (PGA Tour & Champions Tour events)
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.
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.
Theatres - 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.
Blum's Landing (Millersburg, MI)
Blum's Landing is a place for military personnel who have endured physical and/or mental wounds from serving the country.
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.
BNB for Vets (Veterans Day Bed & Breakfasts)
(awaiting 2013 info)
Innkeepers want to say thank you to those who’ve served their country by inviting veterans to stay in a B&B on Veteran’s 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 on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
Vets: Save the Date – plan to enjoy your complimentary night this year on Sunday, November 11, 2012.
Click here to see properties that are participating in the program.
BOASTY - Boaters of America Say Thank You
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!
Camp Gratitude (St. Croix, MN)
Camp Gratitude is a week-long camping experience for military families to relax and have fun while building strength and resilience. We do this to honor and thank veterans and their families for their service to our country. The camp is for military families with children between ages 5-14 who have experienced deployment in the past 3 years.
The 2013 Camp Gratitude event is already scheduled for August 16th to August 23rd at The Veterans Camp Ground on Big Marine Lake in Marine on St. Croix, MN. Because of the increased popularity Camp Gratitude and the fantastic accommodations afforded by the Vet's Camp, it is recommended applications be submitted early.
Camp Onomia (Onamia, MN)
July 3-6, 2013 ~ In its 9th year, this extended weekend is a gift to families who have a parent serving in the armed services for 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. Oh, by the way, did I mention that there is no cost for this weekend?
Coming Home Project Retreats - California
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.
Compass Retreat Center (Loveland, Ohio)
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.
Disabled Veterans Rest Camp
(Big Marine Lake, Minnesota - North of Twin Cities)
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.
English River Outfitters (Washington, IA, adjacent Sockum Ridge)
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.
English River Outfitters will offer veterans:
- Hunting: Deer, Turkey, Pheasant, Ducks and Geese
Fishers of Men (Pompano Beach/Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
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.
F.I.S.H. Fishermen in Support of Heroes
F.I.S.H. was organized as a way to show appreciation to our military service members for the job they do protecting our country. While we may not be able to show our full appreciation for the sacrifices they make, we have combined our passion for fishing and our admiration for our military folks.
Our primary focus is on the Wounded Warriors who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan to Camp LeJeune and Fort Bragg to recover from their injuries. We organize trips to take them fishing. We use private boats, charter boats, ocean piers and other venues to take these folks fishing. We provide all the gear, licenses, food, drinks and bait. We even bring along plenty of volunteers to help bait hooks, demonstrate techniques, clean fish, and other chores as needed.
Fishing for Freedom - June 1-2, 2013 (Quincy, Illinois)
The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) will soon be entering it's 12th 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 3rd annual Fishing for Freedom event.
Fishing for Freedom - October 12-13, 2013 (Truman Lake, Missouri)
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.
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.
Gameday for Heroes
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.
Give a Veteran a Piece of the High Life
Kicking off in the spring of 2013, Miller High Life will donate up to $300,000 in cash and experiences such as baseball and football games, concerts and outdoor adventures to new veterans. For every specially marked Miller High Life and Miller High Life Light bottle cap or can tab returned to participating retail accounts or via mail, Miller High Life will donate 10 cents to help “Give a Veteran a Piece of the High Life.” Miller High Life will also provide a donation for every Miller High Life or Miller High Life Light multi-pack sold at participating retail outlets. Participating retail outlets will also provide pin-up donation cards for customers to write their names in support of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. For additional program details, including where to deposit or send in bottle caps and can tabs, and how you can help give vets a piece of the High Life, go to www.millerhighlife.com.
Heroes and Horses - Soldiers' Angels (Bozeman, MT)
Heroes & Horses is open to any recent American combat veteran who loves and could benefit from the breathtaking beauty and unique demands of Montana's real ranch country and who craves the sense of accomplishment gained by mastering true horsemanship and skills in the challenging backcountry of America's majestic Rocky Mountains. A seven-day working horse ranch experience is available for a wide-range of gutsy veterans at the Mantle Ranch, offering an opportunity to learn--through intensive instruction and interaction with fellow combat veterans--how to ride, pack, and orchestrate a mountain trip, as well as a variety of related equine and back-country activities on one of the most spectacular working horse ranches in the West.
Heroes & Horses is designed to provide a challenging, educational, and goal-oriented experience for war veterans who can benefit from the resulting knowledge, camaraderie, and skills. Utilizing the equine expertise of the Mantles and Whites, the beauty and reality of the ranch and its 400 horses and working ranch facilities, the location in spectacular Big Sky country and the sheer challenge, Heroes & Horses empowers candidates to enjoy life, the great outdoors and horses. It influences them to become creative both recreationally and entrepreneurially.
Heroes Meeting Heroes
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.
Honor Them Foundation
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.
Hookin Up for Heroes (Newaygo, MI) - June 9, 2012
(awaiting 2013 info)
The 3rd Annual Charity Bass Fishing Tournament is for veterans and military service personnel. Newaygo State Park; Saturday, June 9th, 2012. Weigh-in show and other activities are “Open to the Public” from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm.
House in the Woods, Inc. (Lee, Maine)
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.
Hunters Helping Soldiers
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.
National Parks - Free entrance pass
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."
Operation At Ease
(St James Plantation (Southport/Oak Island) on the NC coast)
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.
Operation Free Ride (Horses for Heroes)
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.
Operation Jersey Shore Vacation
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.
Operation Oasis at Sandy Cove (Maryland)
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.
Operation Open Arms (SW Florida, Eastern Maryland)
Operation Open Arms is a nationally acclaimed military outreach program. Founded in 2005, OOA has a very simple mission statement. "To provide US Servicemen/women visiting SW FL or the Eastern Shore of Maryland every conceivable benefit during their two week combat leave or return from any foreign duty station." Operation Open Arms depends on tax deductible donations as to provide extraordinary benefits such as free limo service, lodging, restaurants, fishing charters, golf, tennis, bowling, kayaking, biking, emergency dental care, and a cutting edge approach for the treatment of PTSD.
Operation Open Arms is self administrating. There is no paid staff or volunteers to assist you. Making a reservation or appointment within OOA is no different than making arrangements within the military. All Operation Open Arms sponsors will require a DA-31 and valid military ID prior to hotel stays, golf, fishing charters, or any other benefits. All OOA participants will be as punctual and cooperative as your days in basic training.
Operation Outdoors (Armed Services YMCA)
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.
- 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
Operation Purple Family Retreats - National Military Family Assoc. 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.
Operation R&R (South Carolina, Texas)
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.
Operation Rod and Reel
Operation Rod and Reel offers free fishing trips to American Bass Anglers tournaments across the country for active duty service members ages 21 and older. To learn more, call 256-232-0406 and ask for Operation Rod and Reel.
Operation Vacation (Colorado, Texas)
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.
Operation Welcome Homes (Door County, Wisconsin)
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.
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.
Project New Hope (Canada and United States)
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.
Project Hope (Leicester, Maine)
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.
Project Sanctuary (Rocky Mountains, CO)
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.
Purple Heart Ranch (Sterling City, TX)
Military Warriors Hero Support Foundation
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.
Reel American Heroes
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.
RnR Oasis (Washington)
Our mission at RnR Oasis is to assist disabled and wounded U.S. combat veterans in returning to as normal a life as possible, in the least amount of time. It has been our experience that healing and closure takes place around a campfire. Combat brothers and sisters, helping each other on the road to recovery.
RnR Oasis provides a safe camping experience with other veterans to maximize the environment that promotes healing and closure. To that end, RnR Oasis currently rents or leases campgrounds, provides all gear and equipment, food and even fire wood for up to 50 veterans at a time. There is no cost to the veteran in this program.
San Diego Zoo (San Diego, CA)
Complimentary 1-Day Pass at the Zoo and Africa Tram Safari at Safari Park for U.S. active duty military, cadets of their respective academies, and reserves (with active orders) is offered if the individual shows valid, active military identification card at our gates. This program includes U.S. cadets that do not have “Active” on their IDs. Members of any foreign military services are excluded.
Seats 4 Soldiers
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.
Sportsmen's Foundation for Military Families
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.
Squaw Valley (Lake Tahoe, CA)
Squaw Valley & Alpine Meadows stand behind all of our women and men in the armed forces. As a thank you, we offer active duty military FREE lift tickets valid Sunday-Friday, non-holiday for the 2012-13 season. Active Duty Military tickets not valid on Saturday's and December 26-31, 2012, January 19-20 2013 and February 16-17, 2013. Must present active duty military ID at the Guest Services & Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows.
State Parks - New Hampshire
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.
Take a Soldier Fishing
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.
Tents for Troops
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!
Texas Veteran Project (Texas)
The following B&B's, Guest Cottages, Inns, and Hotels from Fayetteville and other communities within Central Texas have joined together to support returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their spouses by donating 1 or 2 night stays at their establishments. Each proprietor is thankful for veterans' service to our country and feels honored to recognize the sacrifices of their time, talents, and in many cases, health.
The Cove (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association - Asheville, NC)
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.
The North Face Explore Your Parks Camping 101 Program for Military Families (Maryland)
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.
The Rucksack: Rewards for Vets
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).
Tight Lines for Troops (Manistee, MI) - May 17-18, 2013
4th 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.
Tip Ups for the Troops (Brighton, MI) - June 8, 2013
7th 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.
9:00am – 4:30pm
Please join us in a day of celebration with food, fun, entertainment, and games for the whole family.
Vacation for Veterans (In Honor of our Troops, IHOOT)
The Vacations for Veterans Program was developed in association with the American Resort Development Association (ARDA). IHOOT has coordinated free vacations for over 2,200 service men and women and support personnel to resorts worldwide.
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.
Veterans Outdoor World Inc.
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.
Veterans to the Summit
On Veterans Day (November 11, 2013), a group of disabled and able-bodied military veterans and civilians will make a bid for the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro (5,895m). K2 Adventures Foundation will put together a diverse team of military veterans, active-duty soldiers and civilians to tackle Africa’s highest peak in celebration of those who have served and those who continue to serve.
Motivated by the belief that time in the outdoors eases the transition back to civilian life, K2 Adventures Foundation has created an opportunity for soldiers to build community and reconnect with the outdoors. Statistically, over 18 US veterans a day commit suicide and many others turn to substance abuse and violence to cope with the overwhelming difficulties faced after service. With the help of programs like this, some are finding a different way.
Veterans to the Summit will provide an opportunity for former service members to experience camaraderie and a sense of belonging while also contributing to ongoing development efforts in Moshi, Tanzania. The team will not only climb a peak, but will also spend a few days working with children at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. This school is made up of 520 students and 74 orphans that live on property. The 74 orphans suffer from either albinism, blindness or the genetic disease called Xeroderma Pigmentosum.
Veteran Tickets Foundation
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.
Walleyes for Warriors (Bay City, MI) - June 15-16, 2013
Walleyes for Warriors is an organization, working with Operation Injured Soldiers, conducting the 3rd annual Walleyes for Warriors fishing tournament free to all veterans and active duty service members.
Wild Rivers on the Fly (New Mexico)
Fly fishing trips in New Mexico - returning veterans fish free!