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Start Of Summer Means New Freebies And Discounts For Troops

The New Children's Museum in San Diego
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Above: The New Children's Museum in San Diego

Military families looking for some together time have quite a few options that are easy on the pocketbook.

The biggest freebie comes from the National Park Service. As Home Post reported last month, a new program that began in May lets troops obtain a free “America the Beautiful” pass - worth $80 - by showing their military ID card. The "America the Beautiful" pass allows service members and their families free access to more than 2,000 national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges.

Another free program for military families is Blue Star Museums, which gives active-duty military and their families the opportunity to visit more than 1,600 museums across the country - free of charge. Click here to see a list of participating museums.

For golf-loving troops, there's good news, courtesy of Marriott. According to the Military Times, Marriott's “Fairways Fore Freedom” program gives a military discount at 61 golf courses nationwide:

Through Veterans Day on Nov. 11, troops who present a valid military ID at a participating course after 3 p.m. can take advantage of “twilight” deals, ranging from $29 to $69, while receiving a free replay certificate for another day, valid until Dec. 31. Tee times can be made up to three days in advance.

You can click here to find a participation golf course.

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