Free vacations, retreats and opportunities for military veterans and their families
Attractions (free admission):
Balboa park (San Diego, CA)
Busch Gardens, Sea World, Sesame Place, Aquatica, Discovery Cove
New York Aquarium (Brooklyn, NY)
San Diego Zoo (San Diego, CA)
Shedd Aquarium (Chilcago, IL)
World of Coca-Cola (Atlanta, GA)
Active Heroes Military Family Retreat Center (Shepherdsville, KY)
The Active Heroes Retreat Center is the first retreat in America designed by military families to help military families heal! The retreat center is located in Shepherdsville, KY and open to military families free of charge. Visitors can schedule a day to visit the grounds during hours of staffing, schedule a cabin vacation or sign up for selected camping dates with cookouts.
Activities currently include:
- Camping w/cookouts – Specific dates available
Armed Services YMCA - Operation Camp
The Armed Services YMCA offers junior enlisted families the chance to participate in family, youth, and teen camps year-round at our branches and affiliate locations. Camps encourage healthy living as part of our core mission of strengthening our military family. Armed Services YMCA camps and retreats provide much needed recreational and bonding opportunities for military children and families who have experienced multiple deployments.
Through camps and camping opportunities, Armed Services YMCA provides fun, educational and safe outdoor experiences for military children and families to bond, make new friends and build their support networks by connecting with others who have similar backgrounds and experiences as members of the military community.
BandBs for Vets (Veterans Day Bed & Breakfasts)
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.
Band of Runners Trail Camp
Elite & long-time trail runners, coaches & race directors from across the US mentor participants. Band of Runners designed and directed Team RWB’s highly respected National Trail Running Camp. There are sponsored spots for veterans & Gold Star spouses.
Multiple trail runs in the Blue Ridge Mountains with instruction from elite trail runners covering training, technical trail running, hill running, running form, strength training, nutrition, 1st aid, blister care, and night running. Nutritious meals, campfires, storytelling, & fellowship included.
Our goal is to facilitate access to the camaraderie and mentorship that can be found in the trail running community to people who would really benefit from that. We also hope to communicate the restorative experience of time spent running on trails in nature.
A host of world-class athletes and coaches will mentor participants in the technical aspects of trail running, as well as, running form, racing nutrition, training plans, blister care and prevention, stretching and strengthening, and Leave No Trace ethics. There is no fitness requirement.
Base Camp 40, Warrior's in the Wild (Colorado)
Since the first hunt in 2011, Base Camp 40, Warriors In The Wild has hosted over 100 veterans on all expenses paid outdoor adventures across the country and British Columbia. Powered by the cornerstone of gracious landowners, amazing sponsors, and dedicated volunteers who embrace the meaning of giving back, BC40 forges ahead to give back to our nation’s brave Veterans via the "Gift Of The Wild".
Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (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.
Black Dagger Military Hunt Club (Florida)
Black Dagger Military Hunt Club Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides shooting, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor opportunities for veterans and active duty military (wounded and well). We are located in the greater Tampa Bay, Florida area but operate around the state. Many of our volunteers are retired or active duty military with a great deal of tactical and hunting experience. We co-labor with other veteran groups and nonprofits to support those who give their all for our nation!
We serve veterans from all eras without limitation to when or where they served. We work with the James A. Haley VA Hospital’s Adaptive Sports Program in Tampa, Florida, the USSOCOM Care Coalition, and active duty military members on MacDill AFB. In addition, on a case-by-case basis, we will work with veterans supported by other agencies to meet a specific need that our team can satisfy. We serve veterans recovering from and learning to adjust to life with spinal cord injuries (SCI), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), loss of sight, and post-traumatic stress (PTS). We have specialized equipment to accommodate some of the most injured military heroes thus helping our honored veterans find their “new normal”.
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.
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.
Boulder Crest Foundation (Virginia, Arizona)
At Boulder Crest, we consider every member of a combat veteran's family to be a hero. Each member of these families makes considerable sacrifices in support of our nation's military and the freedoms that we all cherish. To that end, we focus our programs on the entire family, in recognition of the stresses and challenges caused by lengthy deployments and the visible and invisible wounds of war.
Combat veterans and their families are able to stay, for free, for 2-7 nights. Each family is eligible for one stay every other calendar year. Reservations open four months in advance for booking and are released on the final working day of each month. To make a reservation today, click the links in the header.
Camaraderie Foundation (Orlando, FL)
Military families are under significant emotional strain and often don’t have the opportunity to connect with peers. Through community partnerships, Camaraderie Foundation offers family-friendly events that are free of charge to help couples reconnect, let kids be kids and to just have fun.
Camp American Legion (Lake Tomahawk, WI)
Camp American Legion is more than a fishing camp. Camp is a place for Wisconsin veterans, military and their families to come together in a safe place. A place where others may have shared life experiences.
When you first arrive at Camp you will notice the abundance of opportunities to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate. There really is something about the north woods experience that helps us to find value in the little things in life. It can help families to reconnect, bring a new appreciation for each other for couples and helps us to heal on our journey to find our own quality of life.
Camp Bliss (Walker, MN)
Camp Bliss, year-round wheelchair accessible retreat and vacation destination nestled on 48-acres of stately pines and hardwood forest on Long Lake, Lake 3 and Lake 4 in northern Minnesota is available for private rentals, weekend getaways, special occasions, vacations, conferences, holidays and weddings. Lodging options, accessible for all abilities, offer year-round accommodations. Private rentals support low or no cost specialty retreats and getaways for Veterans and people with disabilities.
Nature beckons and adventures await at Camp Bliss! Celebrate with family and friends while canoeing, paddle boarding, fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking, boating, biking, and hiking. Enjoy local wine paired with stunning sunset views for a lifetime of special memories.
Camp Corral Family Camp Retreats (Nationwide)
Camp Corral is now offering a family camp option at select partner camp locations. Family Camp Retreats are all-inclusive including lodging, meals, and a variety of camp activities. The retreat experience offers an opportunity for respite and reconnection within family groups, while offering each family member new experiences that help build confidence and create unforgettable memories.
As always, priority is given to families with a wounded, ill, injured or fallen service member. Please note, the Family Camp Retreat is an alternative to attending the traditional summer camp program.
Family Camp Retreat registration opens at the end of March. We are hosting four family camps this summer.
Camp Gratitude (St. Croix, MN)
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.
Because of the increased popularity of Camp Gratitude and the outstanding accommodations of the Vet's Camp on Big Marine Lake, it is recommended applications be submitted as soon as possible.
Camp Liberty, Inc. (Brighton, MI)
Camp Liberty provides inclusive outdoor recreation programs that aid in the reintegration of U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families, with an emphasis on assisting those with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
Camp Southern Ground (Fayetteville, GA)
Camp Southern Ground’s mission has always been to serve children and veterans by helping them to identify and understand their own gifts and talents. Through our Summer Camp, Warrior Week, and Warrior PATHH programs, we have impacted hundreds of children and veterans and seen first-hand the impact intentional programming can have. This fall, we will leverage that knowledge as a catalyst for Veteran Family Camp.
We know that the experience of being a military family is a unique and often challenging situation. Multiple deployments, suicide, traumatic injuries, and mental health issues are just some of the common challenges which can cause even the most loving families to struggle with communication, unity, and connection. This Family Camp experience will provide the tools and training for each family member to learn more about themselves and each other; and the entire family unit will connect to determine their own values, communication rules, and family mission.
What happens at Family Camp?
Family Camp is a mixture of our traditional summer camp and veteran programs. Over three days, families will participate in fun, engaging activities together in addition to separate child and parent experiences. Families will also participate in activities and meals with other veteran families, creating a community of veteran families that lift up and support each other.
Camp Twin Lakes (Winder, GA)
Camp Twin Lakes’ Family Warrior Weekend (FWW) is a weekend retreat for active and retired service members and their immediate family members of all ages. *Priority is given to veterans and their families who’ve experienced combat, trauma and may have a diagnosis of Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, MST (military sexual trauma), and ALL women veterans. These camps are held at Camp Twin Lakes Will-A-Way inside Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, GA.
Our goal is to assist and educate participants and to support them physically, mentally, and emotionally. These camps offer service members, veterans and their families a fully accessible camp experience and new skills to take home once they leave camp. As a family, our campers can reconnect and rebuild their foundation in a relaxing and supportive environment.
Participants enjoy camp programming as a family with recreational activities like archery, boating, swimming, climbing wall and other challenge activities, and so much more. We also offer workshops and various skill-based programs as well as information about outside resources to utilize once participants leave camp.
Christian Warriors Retreat - (Goliad, TX)
Christian Warriors Retreat is a Christian (non denomination) retreat with the process of healing and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The retreat begins Thursday evening and ends Sunday afternoon and will be held in twice annually in Crossroads area of South Texas. CWR is designed for veterans by veterans and only accepting males at this time. For 72 hours you will experience music, worship, speakers, and participate in small groups where you will experience love and grace of God through acts of service. (Female Veteran retreat is in process of being created).
Compass Point Veteran Outreach (Port Sanilac, MI)
Compass Point Veteran Outreach offers sailing classes to veterans and their families. As a 501c(3) non-profit organization, both classroom sailing instruction and on the water training is completely complimentary.
Deployed Family Outdoors (Houston, TX)
Deployed Family Outdoors is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving and supporting our military and their families by providing unique and unforgettable outdoor adventures which strengthen family relationships and create valuable, lifelong lessons and memories. Deployed Family Outdoors has several programs to get the families and children of our military into the outdoors. Depending on which time of year it is, we do everything from taking kids to harvest their first deer or turkey, to bringing them out to experience what its like to catch tailing Redfish and Speckled Trout.
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.
Visit the Military Disney Tips website, a military families resource for military discounts on Disney vacations.
Eagle Rock Camp (Georgia, North Carolina, Wisconsin)
Eagle Rock Camp reconnects military families at therapeutic retreats that are faith based, build a healthy spirit and strong family bonds.
We believe that when the troops serve, the whole family serves. To honor, respect and empower these brave men, women and their children, we created secluded and very special settings that are free from the distractions of daily life. This allows our military families to focus on each other and to better handle the challenges of invisible and visible wounds.
Our families attend 6 day/5 night retreats at no charge to them. The entire family learns life skills that provide positive, life changing experiences so they can recharge their energy and spirits, while learning to live life better and enhance family relationships. They learn to have fun together, once again.
English River Outfitters (Washington, IA, adjacent Sockum Ridge)
English River Outfitters is part of the healing process for veterans. Our priority is to help foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian life through a positive outdoor experience.
Veterans and families served at English River Outfitters experience a variety of therapeutic, group-based activities designed to re-establish confidence, hope, and health. In addition to our weekend retreats for veterans, we also hold special programs to serve children from Gold Star families, as well as ladies-only veteran camp-out events.
What Makes English River Outfitters different? We believe there is healing in nature, and therefore we emphasize an outdoor experience where veterans can fish, hunt, and hike in the woodlands surrounding our facilities. Veterans with physical disabilities are able to participate fully using our all-terrain wheelchairs. The veterans we serve participate in sporting activities that challenge and empower them, all while immersed in Iowa's natural, refreshing wilderness.
Epic Pass (military rate) (awaiting 2023 info)
FAVE Boating Expeditions (Ruskin, FL)
FAVE Boating Expeditions started out by providing a variety of boating trips to those who had endured the death of a Fallen Warrior. Over the years we have expanded the program to provide boating trips to any American Hero (Veterans, Military Service Members, Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement Officers (both active and retired), and their families, as well as, Blue, Silver & Gold Star Family Members.
Fishing for Freedom Quincy - June 2-4, 2023 (Quincy, Illinois)
Fishing For Freedom - Quincy is a no entry fee bass, catfish, and crappie tournament that pairs our warriors (active military and veterans) with our boaters (professional anglers, avid tournament fishermen, fishing guides, and local outdoorsmen) for a fun day of fishing on our local fisheries. Fishing For Freedom - Quincy cannot give back all the lost time away from the great outdoors during deployment, but we can give back a weekend. We do that by providing our Warriors with a weekend full of entertainment and enjoyment of the great outdoors with their fellow Veterans and active duty personnel, as well as the general public. This event is designed to provide our Warriors with events that range from a fish fry, trapshooting, archery, live music, a Heroes Banquet, and a day of fun tournament fishing on the Mighty Mississippi River or Mark Twain Lake. We also have private lake(s) where we take our Warriors who cannot easily fish from a boat to ensure their safety and well-being.
Fishing for Freedom - October 6-8, 2023 (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.
Flyin' Heroes (West Michigan)
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.
Forest Home Christian Camps (California)
Forest Home offers a military campership available for our active military personnel and their immediate families who wish to attend family camp. The award is equal to 75% off of the economy housing price. The families may upgrade to standard housing and pay the difference in cost however.
Freedom Hunters is a military outreach program dedicated to honoring those who protect our freedoms. Our mission is to salute the noble work of our courageous men and women of our Armed Forces. Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor community's appreciation to our troops by taking: select active duty and combat veterans, families of fallen heroes, children of the deployed, as well as those wounded or injured, on outdoor adventures. Freedom Hunters mission is empowered by the generous support of many: sportsmen, conservation groups, state agencies, outfitters, corporations, and land owners.
Freedom Waters Foundation (Naples, FL - south Florida, Atlanta, GA, Indiana)
The Freedom Waters Foundation veterans program, which began in 2012, provides boat outings and marine activities for veterans and their family members, offering the opportunity to relax, leaving their concerns on the dock as they cruise away to enjoy camaraderie with other veterans in a safe, enriching environment.
Free Military Beaches (New Jersey)
Seeking to provide free beach access to military in New Jersey.
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.
GratitudeAmerica Retreats (Marineland, FL and Amelia Island, FL)
Our organization is proud to be hosting the GratitudeAmerica Military Support Retreats, an integrative intensive retreats program for post-9/11 era service members/veterans and their primary support persons (this may include a friend, family member, parent, spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, caregiver, etc.).
Heroes' Hunt for Veterans (Waupun, WI)
Heroes' Hunt For Veterans is a non-profit organization designed to benefit veterans, which gives them the opportunity to experience a quality, guided, free-range, deer, turkey or waterfowl hunt.
Home Bases's Adventure Series (New England)
Join other veterans and their families for FREE activities to strengthen family bonds before, during and after military deployment. Veterans and families may explore a new sport, meet other veterans and military families, and learn more about the clinical services, education, and research offered by Home Base. Home Base collaborates with businesses and non-profit community organizations throughout New England who host the Adventure Series activities. Past activities include: skiing, skating, and museum visits in the winter and sailing, attending baseball games, and other sports in the summer time. Events are open to both adaptive and able-bodied participants.
HomeFront Equestrians, Inc. (Ware, MA)
Founded as a way of giving back to military families, HomeFront Equestrians, Inc. offers hands on horsemanship; from grooming and groundwork to riding and showing, we offer an in-depth program for military families in a fun, positive and educational environment.
Horses4Heroes is a Las Vegas-based, national non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth, adults and families and enriching their lives through deeply discounted recreational, instructional and morale-boosting health and wellness programs that emphasize fun and safe activities with horses. Our large and growing national network includes more than 300 facilities in 45 states plus Canada. Through programs like Operation Free Ride, we have given thousands of free horseback rides and we are introducing a brand new audience to the world of horses.
House in the Woods, Inc. (Lee, Maine)
The mission of House in the Woods, Inc. is to create a therapeutic, recreational, and educational retreat for our nation's U.S. armed forces and their families, using outdoor wilderness activities in Maine and natural habitats to help participants share common challenges related to their service and sacrifice in protecting our nation's freedom and democratic ideals.
Hunt Antler Ridge (NW Missouri)
An easy drive one hour north of Kansas City is a place at the end of the road where you trade in your daily pressures for a slower pace. There, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere only known to those that visit. Take a few moments to consider Antler Ridge by reviewing our website. Hunting, horse riding, hiking and fishing are only a few of the activities you can enjoy. We offer 50% off the price of our accommodations to those that have served in combat. Our only catch for our reduced rate accommodations is a trade for a “combat patch".
Hunts for Healing Foundation - Family Camp (NE Pennsylvania)
Founded February 2009, Hunts for Healing was created to establish a fund to sponsor wounded soldiers returning from military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans who have successfully completed a mental and physical evaluation; allowing them to participate in outdoor programs including, but not limited to, hunter safety, clay target shooting, pheasant, upland and small game hunting, fishing and camping.
Hunts for Healing events take place primarily in Northeastern Pennsylvania, but in the future may extend beyond our state borders. Our mission and field of interest are to create an atmosphere that promotes challenges in the outdoors and healing from within.
With the assistance of volunteer guides, mentors and trained field dogs, the experiences Hunts for Healing provides aides in the physical, emotional and spiritual healing, as well as, providing social interaction that allows the soldiers to transition back into their daily lives.
In Honor of our Troops (IHOOT) - Vacations for Vets
Free vacation retreats for active cuty military, veterans and their families a much-needed break from everyday life, reconnecting them with their families and friends while they heal.
Iron Springs Christian Ranch (Stewartville, MN)
Family retreats are faith-based weekends at the Miracle Lodge to provide encouragement, hope, and inspiration to active military, veterans and their families. The retreat is free for all attending. All funding is provided by donations from businesses, organizations, and individuals. Since 2008, we served about 700 families. Each year gives us the opportunity to serve those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom and for keeping us "One Nation Under God".
The mission of Irreverent Warriors is to bring veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide
The vision of Irreverent Warriors is to be the force that unites the veteran community and drives a healthy culture within its members. Through creative engagements, events, and strong veteran-based support networks, we will be known as the catalyst for improving the veteran outlook.
Kieve Veterans Camp (Kieve, ME)
Kieve Wavus Education expresses our thanks and gratitude for their service to our nation by offering veterans and their families a stress-free week-long program at our Veterans Camps. Our camps offer veterans a chance to relax, have fun and reconnect with their family and with other veterans. Eat great food, sleep like a baby, and build great memories. Come to one of our camps and enjoy a variety of fun, entertaining and challenging indoor and outdoor activities. We have two specialty camps – Vietnam Only and Women Only – and a Family Veterans Camp for any veteran and their family. All three of our camps are one week long and are offered at no cost, just sign up and get yourselves here!
Mountains Move (Central Colorado)
The mountains we face are overcome by faith. We use faith-based outdoor adventure and horsemanship programs to strengthen faith, restore purpose, and provide fresh perspectives in Colorado's scenic backcountry.
Ridgeline Retreats for Families - These special events are tailored to the unique needs of families, especially the challenges of building strong relationships between parents and teens. With an emphasis on team building, growing strong bonds, and deepening connection—these opportunities are a blend of adventure, rest, and fun in the mountains for parents and kids ages 13+!
My Warrior's Place (Ruskin, FL)
The mission of My Warrior's Place is to honor, support and promote healing of the mind and spirit by providing a relaxed setting, special programs and to be a resource for any Military Service Member, Veteran, Fire Fighter, Law Enforcement Officer (active or retired), Blue Star, Silver Star or Gold Star Family Member whose life has been touched and forever changed due to a tragic event and/or the death of a Fallen Warrior while in service to our country. My Warrior's Place's mission is also to provide a safe refuge and bring about healing and hope to all veterans and military service members who have returned from the battlefield.
Our vision is to be the most desired refuge for all Veterans, Military Service Members, Law Enforcement Officers, Fire Fighters, Blue Star, Silver Star & Gold Star Families. Additionally, in the future, to have other “My Warrior’s Place” facilities and programs throughout the United States wherever there is a military base and a large population of veterans.
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."
Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center (NWNHC Family Fund) (Fall City, WA)
Warrior Family Retreat
There are many military programs to help warriors transition from the battlefront to the homefront, but the families are often left to deal with deployment challenges on their own. Through the Warrior Family Retreats, families of military personnel who have been deployed overseas can get away to the country for a weekend retreat and family healing time.
Since 2010 the program has helped military families address the transition challenges experienced by their soldier or sailor returning from a long separation and the realities of war. Husbands and wives work with certified equine-assisted therapists to learn new life skills and reconnect as loving partners. Children get the opportunity to share their deployment experiences with peers and art therapists. Everyone enjoys stress-free, fun time handling and riding horses and making a lifetime of memories.
All family lodging and meal expenses are paid for through generous contributions to the NWNHC Family Fund.
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.
Operation Campout (Maryland)
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.
Operation: Care and Comfort - Tickets for Troops (San Francisco Bay area and Northern California)
Working with sports teams, event venues and season ticket holders, OCC has distributed tens of thousands donated tickets to military families and veterans in the San Francisco Bay area and Northern California, free of charge.
Since 2004, Operation: Care and Comfort has worked with professional and college sports teams, entertainment venues, and promoters to send thousands of troops, reservists, veterans and their immediate families to events—free! OCC also partners with northern California sports teams to hold military appreciation/Support Our Troops games. We charge no services charges, no mailing costs—the tickets are absolutely FREE!
If you are military active duty, reservist, veteran, military retiree or a Gold Star Family located in California, you may sign up to be included on our list for complimentary tickets to local sporting and entertainment events. Donated tickets are often last minute or on game day, so please give us the best phone numbers to reach you! We currently announce new tickets on our Facebook page- OCC.USA. Check daily then follow the instructions posted to request tickets.
Operation Grateful Nation (Massena, NY)
Operation Grateful Nation provides a fun-filled, outdoor experience for our active duty service members, retirees, and their families. The Wing River House was given by John Wing to Operation Grateful Nation (OGN), the 501c3 he established to help veterans almost a decade ago. It is a place where veterans can go with their family and friends, to enjoy a peaceful, relaxing time on the river.
Operation Oasis at Sandy Cove (Maryland)
Have you been deployed overseas away from your family (hardship tour) within the last 12 months?
Sandy Cove's Operation Oasis ministry was designed to help military families reconnect following the long and challenging separation caused by war…and to say, “Thank you and welcome home!”
There are a variety of retreats that you may choose from including: 5 Night Family Camp Vacation, a Valentine Couples Getaway and a Fall Couples Weekend or a two-night getaway.
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.
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.
Patriots' Hall of Dripping Springs (Dripping Springs, TX)
The mission of Patriots' Hall of Dripping Springs is to create a permanent retreat and resource base for Veterans of all ages and military branches to connect and find support.
Patriots’ Hall of Dripping Springs aims to help bridge this gap by welcoming veterans of all ages and military service to explore therapeutic workshops, art classes, weekend campouts, education and employment seminars, family gatherings, land stewardship, VA Claims Assistance and Wellness Clinic.
Pine Cove (East Texas, Central Texas, South Carolina)
Pine Cove is a gospel-centered Christian camp with ten camp properties in East Texas, Central Texas, and South Carolina, and a traveling day camp program that brings camp to dozens of locations across the Southeast. Pine Cove is a growing, longstanding ministry with 50 years of camping experience. Pine Cove energetically serves more than 30,000 campers each summer with awesome activities, highly trained counselors, and a Christ-centered, others-focused, and seriously fun outlook.
Pine Cove offers scholarships for military families, but they need to apply through their scholarship program. They offer 50% off for family or youth camps.
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 New Hope Inc. (Worcester, MA)
Project New Hope Inc. mission is to assist veterans and their families with PTSD, TBI, military sexual trauma, marital issues, chronic pain issues and suicidal thoughts, and other issues that might arise. We are an organization that helps U.S. veterans and their families with addressing the challenges, fears and stigma that they face during and after they have served in our Armed Services. Project New Hope is committed to aiding our service members and their families by providing them the opportunity to get away and reconnect by attending one of our retreats. The organization offers tools for recognizing the symptoms and triggers of military-related occupational stress and injuries, as well as assist in developing coping mechanisms through holistic approaches to healing. All our staff and volunteers are committed to assisting our service members in their pursuit of New Hope and success in all they do.
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.
Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center (Poplar, WI)
Veterans to the Boundary Waters - Every summer we take a group of veterans to the boundary waters for a free week of fishing, camping, games, journaling and fun with other vets. Our volunteer, Duane, is the lead coordinator and he helps facilitate the trip so it runs smoothly. We will accept applications year-round.
Team River Runner - Team River Runner has diverse paddling activities including “…family friendly flatwater paddling allowing you to connect with nature.”
Rick Herrema Foundation (Fort Liberty, NC)
The Rick Herrema Foundation (RHF) strengthens relationships and builds community for the military family through fun, quality activities. "Family" is the sphere of relationships the Soldier calls home, be it friends, siblings, spouses and/or children.
Rick's Place is located 5.5 miles from Fort Liberty, NC, home of the 82nd Airborne and Special Operations Forces. Our 50-acre campus is open daily and is free for the military family.
Semper Fi Odyssey (For transitioning, active duty injured service members and veterans)
Semper Fi Odyssey is a six-day, holistic transition-assistance event with a curriculum designed to get participants ready for life after military service while preparing them for success. Retreat sessions have between twenty-five and thirty-five participants attending. All participants will be grouped into teams of three to five and each team is assigned a Team Leader that is committed to each participant’s individual progress. Our veteran Team Leaders, many of whom have walked in the same shoes as our participants, are carefully screened volunteer business professionals who have successfully transitioned out of the military and into the civilian workplace.
Due to the generosity of Semper Fi Fund donors, partners, and volunteers, the Semper Fi Odyssey program is provided at no expense to the participants; our transitioning, active duty injured service members and veterans. Accordingly, SFO is a collaborative effort to give back to our men and women who have honorably worn the uniform.
S.K.I.F.F. (Texas - Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Salado, and Temple)
S.K.I.F.F. stands for Soldiers' Kids Involved in Fishing Fun. S.K.I.F.F. fishing trips for kids are absolutely free of charge to the children of soldiers deployed in harm's way, and to the children of soldiers who died while on active duty.
S.K.I.F.F. trips are paid for by donations from the membership of the Austin Fly Fishers and by funds they raise for this worthy cause. Austin Fly Fishers is a fly fishing club based in Austin, Texas. Your children do not have to be referred or recommended by another individual to participate. All it takes is a phone call from a parent to get the ball rolling.
Soul Survivor Outdoor
Soul Survivor Outdoor conducts outdoor events that provide an opportunity for dynamic relationship building and restoration of the soul. Whether at Joshua Tree National Park, along the Coast of California, in the Rocky Mountains, or in the waters of the Caribbean; every event takes place in the backdrop that is God’s creation.
Special Liberty Project
The Special Liberty Project fosters and maintains a supportive community focused on nurturing our nation’s Gold Star Families and healing veterans by connecting with nature. We provide outdoor, educational experiences, spark true camaraderie and encourage strength, both emotionally and physically.
The Special Liberty Project provides outdoor adventures to healing veterans and Gold Star Families. Family survivors of active-duty and veteran suicides also are welcomed and embraced at all of our events and programs just like all traditional Gold Star Families. These adventures include a wide variety of activities ranging from hunting and fishing to hiking and camping.
The Special Liberty Project focuses on stress free educational opportunities that not only tailors to enriching the lives of those served but provides much needed relaxation as well.
Through these outdoor adventures, the Special Liberty Project is able to create opportunities for participants to work through common struggles together, within their community, through an environment which fosters camaraderie and understanding.
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine - Veteran and First Responders program (Maine) (awaiting 2023 info)
SAM’s Veterans and First Responders Program (V/FR) was developed to thank those men and women who have defended our freedoms and protected our health and safety. The goal of the program is to provide family-oriented opportunities that allow veterans and their families to experience the outdoor heritage for which Maine is famous.
Spring Canyon Conference Center (Bueno Vista, CO)
For more than five decades, people have participated in exceptional retreat and vacation experiences through the ministry of Officers’ Christian Fellowship (OCF) at Spring Canyon. Nestled in the beautiful Collegiate Peaks on the edge of the famous Arkansas River Valley, Spring Canyon is one of the highest operating camps in the award-winning town of Buena Vista, Colorado with an elevation of 9,026’. Signature programs are available during summer, fall and winter, and custom vacation and group retreat options are available throughout the year.
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.
New Hampshire disabled veterans are admitted free of charge at all day-use parks. Special number plates issued to disabled veterans or a letter issued by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs certifying that the veteran suffers from a service-connected disability shall constitute satisfactory proof under this section.
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!
The Cove (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) (Asheville, NC)
Active-duty, Guard and Reserve service members and their spouses can attend retreats at The Cove at no cost to them. This includes program fee, lodging and meals. 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 Sportsman's Foundation for Military Vets - Hunt for Vets (Lorida, FL)
SFMF’s mission is to provide a healing environment through participation in the outdoor sports for military veteran families. ELIGIBILITY - Honorably discharged, or active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard, or an immediate family member of a military veteran killed in combat, are eligible to apply.
The Unquiet Professional
The Unquiet Professional is a registered charitable organization committed to recognizing and honoring our nation’s Gold Star & Surviving Families, veterans, and military families by providing rewarding and purposeful opportunities to heal from the wounds of war.
Fresh Air Program -- Our Fresh Air Program seeks to give veterans an empowering outdoor experience where they can connect with other vets and civilian supporters. So much of the emotional struggle veterans face after military service is a loss of community. This program not only gets them outside in the fresh air, but works to reclaim that sense of community. Previous excursions have included fly fishing in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness and hiking the John Muir Trail in California. These excursions are small groups with the participants taking an active role in the planning of the event.
Ticket Club (free membership)
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!
Tight Lines for Troops (Manistee, MI) - May 19-20, 2023
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.
Troop Rewards - RNR Recovery for our Deployed
Troop Rewards was founded on the mission of providing RnR Recovery Vacations and other rewards for returning U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, who served overseas in Iraqi, Afghanistan and other hostile deployment AOR's.
These RnR vacations and rewards rely on luxury resorts and hotels to donate unused inventory to Troop Rewards. We then offer our returning servicemembers family RnR recovery vacations at these locations at no cost to help them re-adjust to civilian life back home. We also ask our hosting hotel to provide daily breakfast and at least 1 lunch and 1 dinner during their stay and host a Welcome Home Reception at the resort.
Trout Unlimited Veteran Service Partnership (Chapters nationwide)
The Veterans Service Partnership is a nationwide effort initiated by Trout Unlimited in 2011 to bring the healing power of the water to those who have served our nation so boldly. As we engage our 400 chapters and 300,000 members and supporters in this good work, we are seeing miracles, large and small, on a regular and increasing basis.
Ultimate Veteran Adventures (Mansfield, OH)
Ultimate Veteran Adventures provides hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventures to veterans, active duty and Gold Star families.
Valhalla Sailing Project (Annapolis, MD)
Valhalla Sailing Project is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of the Veteran Suicide epidemic and develops resilience and self-efficacy in the veteran community. Through the sport of competitive sailing, we offer wounded, disabled, and separating members an experience that replicates the sense of teamwork, camaraderie and esprit de corps that so many find absent in their post service lives. Through direct involvement with individual veterans as crew members and through direct engagement with the public in the sailing community Valhalla Sailing Project is committed to raising awareness of veteran issues and ending veteran suicide.
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 Family Camp (Belgrade, ME)
Bond-fires that heal.
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) provides FREE event tickets to family members of troops Killed In Action (K.I.A.), our military and veterans to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities.
Attending these events reduces stress through entertainment, strengthens family bonds, builds life long memories and encourages service members to stay engaged with American life and local communities.
Giving free event tickets is an expression of appreciation, acknowledgement and an enduring symbol that we, as a nation, honor the service of our troops today and long after their tour of duty has passed. Helping our veterans attend events provides positive family and life experiences after their years of service to our country.
Walleyes for Warriors (Linwood, MI) - June 10-11, 2023
Walleyes for Warriors, located in Bay City, MI, is a free recreational therapy event such as this is a small way for us to not only say "Welcome Home," but also "Thank You" for serving our country.
Warfighter Outfitters and Veterans Back 40 Adventure (Oregon City, OR)
Warfighter Outfitters (WFO) and Veterans Back 40 Adventure (VB40) exist to provide a supportive and healthy outlet for Veterans seeking to reconnect with the camaraderie found in military service. This is done through outdoor fishing and hunting trips, campouts, and motorcycle adventures. Led by an all volunteer, veteran board, our organization believes in the power of the campfire. Once you attend one of our events, you’ll quickly realize the importance of reconnecting with fellow veterans who’ve had similar life experiences.
Warrior Expeditions supports combat veterans transitioning from their military service by participating in long distance outdoor expeditions.
In 1948, Earl Shaffer told a friend he was going to “walk off the war” to work out the sights, sounds, and losses of World War II. Four months later, Earl Shaffer became the first person to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.
Following in Earl Shaffer’s footsteps and in recognizing the therapeutic effects of long distance outdoor expeditions, Warrior Expeditions created the Warrior Hike, Warrior Bike, and Warrior Paddle programs which are designed to help combat veterans transition from their military service.
Warriors and Quiet Waters (Bozeman, MT)
HUNT FOR PURPOSE - Guiding combat veterans to purpose through archery elk hunting. Hunt for Purpose is designed to guide post-9/11 combat veterans to a greater sense of clarity around their identity, values, potential, and purpose. For many post-9/11 combat veterans, purpose is found by rising to meet a meaningful challenge. Our newest alumni program, Hunt for Purpose, is an intensive, 6 month pursuit to plan, prepare for, and execute a successful archery elk hunt in Montana’s backcountry. Along the way, participants will learn the basics of elk hunting and backcountry survival, improve their physical fitness, and work alongside fellow Warriors and loved ones toward a common goal.
Waypoint for Veterans (Sitka, AK)
The mission of Waypoint for Veterans is to provide an environment where veterans and emergency responders can reconnect to nature, thus promoting personal growth, healing and relaxation. We believe that providing this type of support for veterans and emergency responders will lessen their likelihood of suicide, substance abuse and broken families.
Wilwin Lodge at Cygnet Cove (Custer, MI)
It is the mission of Michigan American Legion Wilwin at Cygnet Cove to provide a facility care for our disabled and handicapped veterans in a relaxed atmosphere. Providing the necessary therapeutic care needed, administered by licensed professionals; to utilize the property as a reconnect center for returning war veterans and their families after long deployments; to provide a visitation place for all veterans to utilize on special occasions, events, or vacation; to provide a place for our youth to enjoy the outdoors, including scouting groups, community groups, and other youth organizations.
Women Veteran's Glamping (China, ME)
The mission of Women Veteran’s Glamping is to offer women veterans opportunity
to recreate a comradery of shared experience in a safe environment. Our vision is any women veteran who needs support/wants to attend Women Veteran’s Glamping can do so. Honor every women veteran as they are and what they have gone thru. Paying it forward to care for our women veterans. Empowering, emotional support and letting your soul shine! The courage, love, dedication, devotion, respect, integrity, confidence, and loyalty each woman has in them for raising their right hand to defend her country. Encouraging our patriotism to remain strong. By supporting women veterans, they can have strong comraderies to support them in tough times. Bonds of sisterhood.
Our lodging is in collaboration with Maine Forest Yurts in Durham, Maine.
YMCA Family Camp Pinewood (Twin Lake, MI)
Whether you’re interested in fun daytime activities, the stories over campfires, or a full nature-immersion, YMCA Family Camp Pinewood is for you! Here, we have endless opportunities for individuals, families, and groups to share new experiences, spend quality time together, and create lasting memories. Military and veteran families use discount code PWMIL15 to receive a 15% discount.
2023 Family Camp Dates:
Memorial Day Family Camp (3 nights): May 26-29, 2023
Weekend Stays (2 nights): July 2 - August 11, 2023
Week-long Stays (5 nights): July 2 - August 11, 2023
Labor Day Family Camp (3 nights): September 1-4, 2023
Our hope is to provide bonding opportunities in nature for families and if we see enough military families and veterans coming through, our hope is to create a special family camp just for them in a future summer.
Young Life Military Family Camps
Locations: Ft. Carson, Ft. Cavasos, JBSA, JBLM
Does your family crave adventure, excitement, laughter and fun or just a break from the daily stresses of life? If so, sign up now for Military Family Camp! Active-duty Soldiers and their families will enjoy one week of fun and relaxation. Each of our camp locations offers an assortment of activities and ample opportunity to just relax and enjoy some much-needed peace and quiet. With spectacular views and lots of recreation options and fun activities, it's the perfect place for your family to unwind together. Single parent families and families with a deployed spouse are encouraged to attend as well. Please note: Young Life is a Christian organization, but that is not a requirement to attend. Not free but available at a greatly reduced rate.