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Old 10-16-2015, 10:35 PM   #15
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Old 10-17-2015, 12:37 PM   #16
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QUOTE=AWCHIEF;1697975]I have camped at a couple of KOAs that give military discounts. I always ask, it is rare these days that businesses do not give either an old fart or military discount.[/QUOTE]

I am retired US Army (21) forced to due to heath issues after the Gulf War and have been camping ever scense. Just got my wife an AS I am doing a little updating on. I just want to say that I did not mention the military too much after the reception we got coming in SEA (south East Asia) in 1971. But America seams to have changed after the Gulf War and 9-11.
We have recieved up 50% off and sometimes been told we could stay free; just by having my Miltary ID in a see through pouch on the front, (left over wallet from my Military days.) I never asked, (my wife does) and I get great offers and many "Thanks for your service!". don't be like me, be PROUD, and ask. And to all who served in any way to the defence of this great nation, Thanks for your service. I am not a quilt, my wife has a quilt shop and she is closing this year so we can camp even more, See Ya'll out on the road.
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We usually ask and get about a 10% discount on average.

Couple things about those MWR facilities. I'm pretty sure those are funded by the NAF budget and use fees, not the taxpayers. So naturally they have limited resources available to them.

"The Rules" and facilities for them are all over the map. There are four of them in the Ft Walton Beach/Destin area. One is operated by the Ft Benning MWR folks. Campsites are basically Hub-to-Hub. Read: Small. Also have what amounts to a small hotel on the water front. Beach, boat ramp and so forth. Another one is operated by Maxwell AFB folks. Open campground with lots of room, but reservations are kinda weird. IIRC, you can't reserve far in advance (maybe 90 days or something like that, it's on the MWR website). Active duty gets first priority (which is the way it should be). Eglin has two facilities with lots of sites. But the kicker is that you can't make a reservation, first come, first served (which is NOT the way it should be). Every time we've driven by that place, it's packed.

Just be advised if you want to stay in one these facilities to check things carefully before you hitch up and go.

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We usually ask and get about a 10% discount on average.

Couple things about those MWR facilities. I'm pretty sure those are funded by the NAF budget and use fees, not the taxpayers. So naturally they have limited resources available to them.

"The Rules" and facilities for them are all over the map. There are four of them in the Ft Walton Beach/Destin area. One is operated by the Ft Benning MWR folks. Campsites are basically Hub-to-Hub. Read: Small. Also have what amounts to a small hotel on the water front. Beach, boat ramp and so forth. Another one is operated by Maxwell AFB folks. Open campground with lots of room, but reservations are kinda weird. IIRC, you can't reserve far in advance (maybe 90 days or something like that, it's on the MWR website). Active duty gets first priority (which is the way it should be). Eglin has two facilities with lots of sites. But the kicker is that you can't make a reservation, first come, first served (which is NOT the way it should be). Every time we've driven by that place, it's packed.

Just be advised if you want to stay in one these facilities to check things carefully before you hitch up and go.

Just my 2 cents.

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Stayed a couple days last year at the Fort Benning MWR site. Hub to hub is correct. It may be tight, but it's a great and quiet location. We always take out bicycles and ride down to the main drag to sight-see and shop. Can't beat the price and location. I'll be there in about a week for a weeks stay before heading to Miramar Beach to a local campground just across the street from the gulf side beach for a month.
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Jim, you are correct. The services' camping facilities that are on post, camp, station, base or whatever are (indeed) funded by non-appropriated funds. That means the funding to operate them does not come from taxpayers but from those who are entitled to use the facilities. A great many of these entitlements accrue to those who are either on active duty or who have some other status as a result of being a full-time DoD employee. There is often a priority as well, with active duty at the top of the list. Those military personnel who are receiving retirement pay (generally, 20 or more years of service), can use MWR facilities as well, and as you noted, their priority is lower. This is a benefit which many of us earned as a result of our service, and -- like many others -- can and does change over time.
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Hi, we just got home from a cross country trip; It was for 3 1/2 months. Everywhere we went I told them I was Good Sam, Senior Citizen, AAA, and a Military Vet. A few [not all] KOA's gave me a discount equal to a member ship discount for being a Vet. I re-joined with KOA and they don't give more than one discount.

Lowes will give a 10% discount to veterans, but Home depot will only do it for active or retired Military.
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Old 10-18-2015, 09:20 AM   #21
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For disabled vets, check out this link to a document that provides information to obtain a National Parks pass that allows for free access to all National Parks.

http://vetaffairs.sd.gov/publicaffai...20Veterans.pdf
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MWR is only for active, retired and medically retired.
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I went to our NPS office here in Hot Springs and got my Access Pass. It was a super easy process.
I used a Veterans Administration form showing my eligibility, and my Drivers License. I signed a use agreement form, and then received an Access Card, A hang tag for the card when parked, One decal for my Goldwing, and a FAQ Guide.
If you don't have a location close by, you can get your Pass via mail by contacting
www.Recreation.gov/pass for more information.

The Pass is good for Entrance and Standard amenities, however, Senior and Access pass holders may receive a discount according to the brochure. Very Cool.
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Was told by a NPS Ranger, very emphatically, to NOT use the hanging tag due to theft. When entering a park, present pass and valid drivers license for access.


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Was told by a NPS Ranger, very emphatically, to NOT use the hanging tag due to theft. When entering a park, present pass and valid drivers license for access.
When I was issued an Access Pass at Jean Lafitte National Park, they didn't even issue a hanging tag, just the card. Until this thread, I didn't even know that they had hanging tags!
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When I was issued an Access Pass at Jean Lafitte National Park, they didn't even issue a hanging tag, just the card. Until this thread, I didn't even know that they had hanging tags!
Hi, on our last trip, at one of the National Parks, they gave me a hanging tag for my pass. They still asked me to remove it and show my License on entrance. If your vehicle was spotted parked inside of the park, without your pass showing, you got a ticket.
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All vets should get a free pass to Govt. owned camp grounds. This includes National parks, State parks, B.L.M. camps, and Corps. of engineers camp grounds. It's the least that our Govt. should do for our vets. For the Vietnam vets who were spat upon, for a war they were forced to fight...God bless you.
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When I was issued an Access Pass at Jean Lafitte National Park, they didn't even issue a hanging tag, just the card. Until this thread, I didn't even know that they had hanging tags!
It's just a simple card holder that hangs on the mirror.
I was told to place the card signature side forward. They should offer a inside window decal to use instead of the card. My card is good until I die. The decal is good for a year. BTW Jean Lafitte is an AWESOME place to visit. I lived on the Westbank for 9 years and it was a great place to "get away" Caught a 4 foot alligator bare handed there. Crazy fun. Just had to watch out for snakes in the bushes.....
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