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Old 10-15-2015, 10:44 PM   #1
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Is there a military discount CG program?

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We are about to begin our AS lifestyle adventure! We will be on the road for a whole year. My husband is a veteran. I assume that some privately owned RV parks might offer veteran discounts, but we wouldn't know without calling & asking one by one.

Is there a certain "chain" maybe or an annual-fee program which offers discounts for vets? Or vets get free membership to Escapees or something?

Just planning in advance how to save on all the nightly fees which will add up fast! Thanks!
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Old 10-16-2015, 01:52 AM   #2
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The only campground chain I'm aware of that specifically offers a veterans discount is Yogi Bear's Jellystone campgrounds. There may be others, but more likely veterans discounts would be decided by the individual parks.

Corps of Engineers parks accept the National Park Service's Senior Pass (for those over 62, formerly called the "Golden Age Passport"), and Access Pass (for disabled/handicapped). The National Park Service also issues a Military Pass, but that's only for active duty military and dependents, and only covers day-use fees, not camping. But since Corps of Engineers campgrounds typically have camping fees that are half the price— or less— of nearby commercial campgrounds, even if you don't qualify for one of the discount passes you could still consider them "discount" parks. Plus the CoE parks tend to be a lot more scenic than the commercial campgrounds. CoE campgrounds are located in 44 of the 50 states, and you can find all of them using this webpage…
www.CorpsLakes.us - Corps Lakes Gateway
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Old 10-16-2015, 06:25 AM   #3
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MWR offers camping at a large number of military installations. Check out this website: U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks - Home
The users provide all sorts of ratings, directions, and info on what looks like all the MWR recreation facilities. Some CG will offer all kinds of discounts (AAA, Good Sam, military...)
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The Good Sam campgrounds I've stayed at offered a military discount.
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MWR offers camping at a large number of military installations. Check out this website: U.S. Military Campgrounds and RV Parks - Home
The users provide all sorts of ratings, directions, and info on what looks like all the MWR recreation facilities.
The sticking point here— and why I did not mention it in my previous post— is that you have to be active duty, retired, or 100% disabled, or a dependent of one of those. Honorably discharged but not retired doesn't qualify to use MWR. Which hardly seems fair, but that's just the way it is.
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Hi all-
We are about to begin our AS lifestyle adventure! We will be on the road for a whole year. My husband is a veteran. I assume that some privately owned RV parks might offer veteran discounts, but we wouldn't know without calling & asking one by one.

Is there a certain "chain" maybe or an annual-fee program which offers discounts for vets? Or vets get free membership to Escapees or something?

Just planning in advance how to save on all the nightly fees which will add up fast! Thanks!
Having traveled all over some offer and some don't. National & State parks offer seasonal passes at a discount.National Park Service Some private parks do too . I found some liberal states don't care about vets (They know who they are) .
Best bet is to ask for an available space during peak season (summer rates are higher) vs low seasons. Once they confirm a vacancy then ask for Veterans discounts or AAA or etc. We found that KOA's are mostly families with a thousand kids up at the crack of dawn yelling and screaming. While the higher priced one had virtually NO KIDS! Based on your budget and needs it was allot more relaxing at the $$$ than the $. You decide. Good Luck be safe.
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I am a Veteran and have learn to ask, and more are giving a military discount, need a VA ID.

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Any Oregon State RV park you can stay for free up to 15-days a year.

There is an application procedure, Your Veteran must have a service connected disability at any percentage including 0%.

Here is the link if your going to role through the North West:

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department: Special Access Pass for Veterans with Disabilities Refunds for Active Duty Military On Leave
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The sticking point here— and why I did not mention it in my previous post— is that you have to be active duty, retired, or 100% disabled, or a dependent of one of those. Honorably discharged but not retired doesn't qualify to use MWR. Which hardly seems fair, but that's just the way it is.
you can be sponsored by qualified person to use MWR FAMCAMP and not have any affiliation with military. sponsor is responsible for your actions. retired civil service also have privilege
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The sticking point here— and why I did not mention it in my previous post— is that you have to be active duty, retired, or 100% disabled, or a dependent of one of those. Honorably discharged but not retired doesn't qualify to use MWR. Which hardly seems fair, but that's just the way it is.
And to include NAF employees and DoD retired civilians (when space is available and the disabled and military retired have priority, which is only right).
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If you or your spousal unit are 62 or older, get yourselves on over to store.usgs.gov and pay $10 for a senior access pass. it will get you into a lot of wonderful national parks, corp of engineer campgrounds and a lot of other terrific places in this beautiful country for a fraction of the cost to those without the pass. the camping in these parks in our experience, is exceptionally fine.
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I have been to many places and businesses that do not advertise but do offer a military discount. Some stipulate Active / Retired / Disabled, but many will give it for the asking. I always offer my Mil ID as proof positive.
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I usually ask if there is no sign. The retired card is parked behind the driver's license in the wallet.
Some of the bases have facilities that you might not think of. For example Fitzimmon's Medical Center in Denver had an RV campground - all of which is now the UC Health Sciences Center - no longer an Army base. But you get the idea ...
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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.
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