Question – AMC Passenger Terminal Near Mozambique?

We received this question via email:
I am planning travel to Mozambique, and wondered which is the closest MAC terminal I could fly to? Thank you, Spencer
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Answer:
Spencer, please comb through the list of AMC Passenger Terminal locations on the Space-A website.  There are actually no AMC Passenger Terminals located on the African continent.  However, you might be able to find a channel mission or other AMC flight to Africa (perhaps to Djibouti or Kenya) by contacting the closest large AMC base near you (for example, Charleston AFB, SC).

Good luck!

Question – Buy Military Disney Tickets in Oregon

We received this question via email:

I am trying to find a military base outlet in Oregon MWR/ITT to buy disneyland tickets? I went to our local armory in Medford Oregon and they could not help me. –Robin.

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Answer:

Robin, generally speaking, you will have to purchase your Military Discount Disney tickets at a large US military installation MWR or ITT office.  You can try the closest large base or post near you.  Also, you can check out our list of MWR/ITT facilities in the California/Nevada area.  You will have to purchase your tickets in-person.

Question – Theme Park Discounts for Allies (UK MIL)

We received this question via email:

I am an ex-serviceman of the British Forces serving from 1986 – 1995 in the RCT (Royal Corps of Transport). As a veteran, are there any theme parks which offer free or discounted entrance to British Veterans? I still hold my service records as proof of service and active service along side the US Services in the Gulf War 1991. –Andy.

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Answer:

Andy, generally speaking, if you currently have access to US installations such as the “Shades of Green” in Orlando, Florida, or other MWR/ITT offices on US military bases, you will have access to many theme park military discounts (including Disney World).  Although most theme parks will have their own policy on extending military discounts to Allied nations, the Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) center at the US Navy facility in Orlando will allow UK and other Allied military members access with their nation’s military ID card and/or NATO Travel Orders.

For Military personnel, discounted tickets are sold at Military bases. You can also get specially priced tickets via – Mail Order: Retired, Active, Reservists, National Guard and DoD Personnel can order discount tickets via mail order by calling the Commander, Navy Region Southwest 619-767-6000 or Air Force Central Ticket Program at 210-652-2855. You can also pick them up in-person at US Navy NTC ITT Orlando:

NTC Orlando
ITT Manager
7151 Earhart Dr
Orlando, FL 32827
Commercial: 407-855-0116
Fax: 407-850-9149
E-Mail: mwrorl@aol.com

For more information, please contact your military installation’s Ticket Office.  You can also pick up discount tickets in-person at the Shades of Green (Military MWR Resort) in Orlando.  Additionally, you can call Shades of Green (the military resort facility) at the Walt Disney World® Resort directly 888-593-2242 or reference the Shades of Green website at the following URL: www.shadesofgreen.org

Enjoy your vacation!

Question – Military Disney Discount

We received this question by email:

I would like to know, if a military person buys tickets for Disneyland for friends at MWR/ITT, does that military person need to be present at Disneyland or can just the friends go? –Jennifer.

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Answer:

Jennifer,

The Disney Military Discount Tickets can be purchased by a military service member or their spouse.  The tickets can be used by their family and friends (“guests”), however, a military ID may be required to be presented at the Park.  So, if your friends are military ID card holders, they could go to the Park without you – so long as they brought their military IDs with them.

Below is the “fine print” for the military Disney discount offer:

 

Eligible Service Members (or their spouses) who purchase Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort for themselves and their family members and friends will be required to activate those Tickets at Walt Disney World theme park ticket windows, no later than September 30, 2012, in order for those Tickets to be used. Valid military identification will be required.

No more than twelve (12) Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets may be purchased, activated and/or used by any Eligible Service Member or spouse during the life of this promotion, and no Eligible Service Member or spouse may purchase, activate and/or use more than six (6) Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets during any single week of the promotion. One (1) of the Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets purchased on each occasion must be for use by the Eligible Service Member or spouse. This offer is for active or retired members of the U.S. military, including the National Guard, Reservists and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets for admission to the Walt Disney World Resort will not be valid unless and until activated (no later than September 30, 2012).

Each Disney Military Promotional Ticket must be used by the same person on any and all days. Disney Military Promotional Tickets may be used ONLY by the Eligible Service Members, spouses, other family members or friends for whom they are purchased. In addition, a valid military ID may be required for admission.

Disney Military Promotional Tickets (including any options) expire and may not be used after September 30, 2012. In addition, Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Tickets (including any options) for the Walt Disney World Resort may not be used on the following blockout dates: December 26 through 31, 2011 at all Parks and April 1, 2012 – April 12, 2012 and July 4, 2012 at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Veterans’ Administration (VA) Medical Benefits

Veterans Administration Medical Benefits

Applying for Medical Benefits

One of the most important things to do before leaving the military is to apply for your veteran’s medical benefits. This is to ensure that there is no lapse in your medical coverage when you transition from active duty to civilian life. Once you enroll in VA healthcare, your benefits are accssible anywhere within the Va health system.

Veterans can apply for health benefits in person at their local VA, by phone Monday-Friday from 8-8, by calling 1-877-222-VETS (8387), or online.

Determining Your Eligibility and Benefit Level

Two things will determine your initial eligibility for medical benefits:

1. You were active duty in a Military, Air, or Naval service, and you were honorably discharged.

Or

2. You were in the Reserves or National Guard, and were called to active duty by Executive order. This excludes regular Reserve or Guard training, and you must have fulfilled your full call-up term.

The level of eligibility and coverage also depends on the circumstances of your military separation.

Regular Active Duty Military Discharge

Before You Leave the Military

Here are a few things you should do before you leave the military. They will help make the transition process easier.

1. Gather your financial records so you can take advantage of any special programs you are eligible to enroll in.

2. Get copies of all of your medical records. This will save the hassle of having to fill out request for information forms when you move to your new location.

3. Apply for your Tricare package and any VA health benefits you qualify for to avoid lapses in coverage.

Most veterans fall into two designations:

Priority level 5: Veterans or retirees who have 0% service-related injuries, and either qualify for medicaid, or who’s income is below the VA means threshold.

*Priority level 5 veterans must verify their income annually to qualify for free care or to qualify for lower deductibles and co-pays.

Priority level 7- Veterans who have 0% service-related injuries, and who’s income is above the means test, but below the VA national or regional threshold, and who agree to pay co-pays. The income threshold varies by state, county, and family size. The table for your state and county is available online.

All other priority levels are automatically enrolled, except for level 8, which must gain a waiver to apply.

Applying for Benefits- Your Options

The VA has streamlined the process for VA health benefits for those leaving active duty. Active duty military who are separating from the military no longer have to apply in person or supply documentation to verify their status. the form is available online, and after filling it out and sending, all information is verified by the VA. You will receive a notice of coverage by mail.

Former active duty veterans are also eligible to enroll in Tricare under various plans, according to their situation.

Military Retirement

Members of the military who have reached retirement age qualify for Tricare as military retirees. They may also be eligible for some VA health benefits dependent on financial status. The cap for VA retirement eligibility is $80,000 per year after deductions and exemptions.

Special Eligibility

Returning Service Members
Combat veterans who are designated OEF/OIF/OND are eligible for free health benefits related to combat in Iraq or Afghanistan for 5 years after their discharge from the service. OEF/OIF/OND veterans must enroll in VA health care to receive this benefit.

Medical Retirement

Service members who are medically retired due to a service-related injury may apply for VA health benefits, dependent on the military and medical rating. They must submit a health care benefits application to the VA, and will receive treatment for their condition at the VA.

In order for the injury or disability to be considered service-related it must meet the following criteria:
1. The injury or disability must affect the veteran’s ability to function in everyday life.

2. It must have been the result of, or was worsened by, an injury or disease which developed while the veteran was on active duty, in training while on active duty, or on inactive duty for the purpose of training.

Some specific service or combat-related injuries are:

  • POWs who develop any symptoms of anxiety or nervousness, heart disease, osteoarthritis, or stroke, regardless of the length of time they were held.
  • The development of ALS at anytime during or after active duty service.
  • exposure to Agent Orange or other harmful chemical agents.
  • Gulf War veterans with chronic conditions which developed after their service there.

Benefit Calculator

Your financial situation may affect your eligibility. In order to determine your level of coverage, you must fill out a financial disclosure form. This form asks for basic financial information, including number of dependents; your income, both earned and unearned; medical and education expenses; and savings.

Common Errors to Avoid

The VA has done their best to make the process of enrollment as easy as possible, but there are still some things that you can do to avoid unnecessary delays.

  • Don’t wait until the last minute to enroll.
  • Have all necessary documentation, such as finan.cial records, on hand
  • Fill out all forms completely and accurately, and double check them before turning them in.
  • If you have any questions, don’t guess. Ask your VA representative about anything you are unclear of..
  • If there is a procedural problem, take the necessary steps to remedy it as soon as possible.
  • It is important to note that VA health does not cover everything. If you have Tricare, or other private insurance coverage, keep it to supplement your VA health care coverage.

A Final Note to Veterans

Beginning in February, 2012, the VA sent out detailed personal VA medical benefits handbooks to all eligible veterans. These handbooks are case-specific, and are sent based on priority groupings, beginning with Priority Group 1. There are 8 priority groups in all.

There is an online version available where veterans can access their most current benefit information from anywhere, 24/7.

If you have any questions about your priority group designation and other VA health questions, or you have not received your handbook as scheduled, please contact the VA at 1 877-222-VETS.

Military Discussion Forums

We have compiled a collection of military support, military spouse, and military family oriented online forums.

Hawaii Military Wives – Mission: to promote friendship, share tips on military living, and to support each other during deployments and during peace time.

Military Spouse Support – website to offer support, comfort, advice, and friends to military spouses whose significant others are away on duty.

MilitarySOS – A community based website dedicated to providing information, support and friendship to military significant others and spouses from all branches, all around the world.

Military HOMEFRONT –  The Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.

CINC House – Informational website and online community geared towards military wives and women in uniform.

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How to Apply to the US Military Academies

There a several steps that must be taken when applying to a United States Military Academy. There are four academies, Coast Guard, Naval (which includes Marines), United States Military Academy – West Point (Army), and Air Force. Admission requirements are basically the same for each but have slight differences. First and foremost to even be considered, a student must be a U.S. Citizen with good moral character, unmarried with no dependents, between 17 and 22 years of age, and have a High School diploma or GED. It is also important to be in good physical condition.

Another vital step is to apply for a congressional nomination. Early in the student’s senior year, the student must apply for congressional nomination. A nomination is needed from a Congressperson and Senator in their district, and the Vice President and/or President. Normally they will have an application available that must be filled out and returned to them. There may also be an interview involved. It is smart for the nominee to apply to every available source as there is a better chance of being nominated. If not nominated, one may re-apply each year until the 23rd birthday.

United States Coast Guard Academy

Requirements

The Coast Guard Academy is the only of the four that does not require a congressional nomination. An application must be submitted before February first of the year of attendance. It should include:

• High School Transcript
• Math Evaluation
• English Evaluation
• Coach or PE Instructor Evaluation
• Commanding Officer Evaluation (If currently enlisted)
• College Transcripts (If applicable)
• Official SAT/ACT Scores

As part of the application process, prospects will be subject to a physical evaluation which should be completed before April 15th. There is an optional interview which gives the possible cadet a chance to learn more about the academy, and vice versa.

United States Naval Academy

The United States Naval Academy suggests applicants begin the process between April of the Junior year of High School and January of the Senior year. There is a preliminary application where the applicant must provide class ranking, congressional state and district, zip code, and ACT/SAT scores. Next, the applicant needs a nomination from a U.S. Representative, two U.S. Senators, and the Vice President of the United States. Once accepted, there are online forms that need to be filled out as soon as possible.

United States Military Academy

West Point is considered a world-class institution. Competition is fierce to gain admission. There are several tips to consider that can help a future cadet be considered more strongly.

• Get all A’s and B’s in difficult courses
• Calculus, Trigonometry, and Physics are great courses to excel in
• Be an excellent athlete
• Become a leader in clubs and organizations

The application process for West Point also has an initial application much like the Naval Academy with ranking, zip code, and ACT/SAT scores. They must also have a congressional nomination, and it is suggested prospects apply for every nomination that they can. Once these steps are completed, candidates will have access to the online application that must be completed. Finally, they must complete the medical exam and physical fitness assessment. It includes a basketball throw, crunches, push-ups, shuttle runs, and a one mile run.

United States Air Force Academy

When it comes to the Air Force Academy there are things prospective students can do to prepare. They should push themselves to achieve great grades and excel in sports during their High School Career. Also it is a good idea to participate in a club as well.

Like the other academies it is imperative to meet all deadlines on applications and tests. Apply early for the congressional nomination to ensure it is received before January of the year of attendance. Next the pre-candidate questionnaire should be submitted, most likely in the Junior year. After that the candidate kit will be mailed with detailed instructions on application. Like the other academies ACT/SAT scores should be high, and a medical exam and physical fitness test will be administered.

Students considering any of the academies should research each one in depth before applying to be sure they offer the type of career they are looking for. Once a cadet graduates they are required to actively serve in that branch of service for 5 years. The benefits of choosing an academy are plentiful. A full education will be paid for in full, as well as room and board, uniforms, school supplies, food and an additional salary throughout their academic career. Not to mention guaranteed employment upon completion. The first year or two at an academy may be much stricter that a typical college, but it can provide for discipline and success. Many college students lack discipline and it leads to failure. Attending a military academy also ensures the student will not have a huge debt to pay upon graduation in the form of student loans. While serving, they can receive tuition assistance to continue their education, and be prepared to start their professional lives debt free.

Scholarships for Wounded Veterans

Scholarships for Wounded Veterans

This article discusses educational scholarships available for wounded Veterans, disabled Veterans, and for families of Veterans killed in action. The information presented below is available for US citizens only.

1. Sentinels of Freedom – Scholarship for Wounded Veterans

  • The recipients are provided with free-rent houses adapted for their specific physical needs, including new furniture and household supplies, adaptive vehicles, training, career-placement, personal and financial mentorship and other educational opportunities. It is a four-year scholarship.
  • Who can apply! The scholarship is available for any member of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guards who has been severely injured while in the line of duty since the 11th of September of 2001. The nominated candidates have to be affected by deafness, amputation, blindness, acute burns or paraplegia, conditions they’ve attained while serving their country.
  • How to apply! The candidates must complete a series of interviews, to ensure that they have the employers required skills, experience and approach, to fill in their available positions.

2. Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (DEA) – Scholarship for Veteran Dependents

  • This is a 45 month scholarship that offers training, educational opportunities, apprenticeship and internships to veteran family members.
  • Who can apply! To be eligible, you must be the son & daughter or the spouse of a veteran who died or is permanently and completely disabled or a service member that is missing in action. The sons & daughters who wish to sign up for this scholarship must be between 18 and 26 years of age; and the spouses have up to 20 years of eligibility since the moment the Veteran Association find them qualified.
  • How to apply! After choosing the degree or course to follow, one has to contact the veteran Association (VA) to obtain more information about the requirements and instructions to follow.

3. Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) – Scholarship for Sons & Daughters of Veterans

  • The program offers up to 5 years of undergraduate education at a 2 – 4 – year accredited college or university of choice. It supports the education of sons and daughters of wounded or killed in action veterans.
  • Who can apply! To qualify, one must be under 24 years of age and the legitimate child of a warrant or commissioned veteran officer.
  • How to apply! Registering to MOAA your information and college/university forms, will automatically enlist you as a beneficiary of this program.

4. Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – Scholarship for Children of members of the Marine Corps who have died or have been severely wounded in combat

  • The recipients can select from a variety of academic disciplines and will be provided with financial resources until the completion of their courses.
  • Who can apply? The applicants should be the sons & daughters of a Veteran U.S. Marine or Veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who was wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps/ U.S. Navy. Also, the follow eligibility criteria apply: a minimum 2.0 GPA, only accredited universities or academic institutions of choice and the candidate must pursue a first bachelor degree.
  • How to apply! Future students must contact The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, because the information will be offered only face-to-face or via a personal e-mail/telephone number.

5. The University of Nebraska in Omaha (UNO) – Scholarship for Wounded Veterans and their Spouses

  • This is available for those veterans who meet the U.S. Military’s criteria for <Severely Wounded>. It offers the opportunity to enroll full or part-time classes, within almost 40 areas of study. Online classes are also available for signing up.
  • Who can apply! The eligible students are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who were severely wounded in combat and their spouses.
  • How to apply! For information about the application forms and requirements the office at the Division of Continuing Studies University of Nebraska at Omaha is always available.

6. The Military Order of the Purple Heart – Scholarship for the Disabled or Wounded Veterans, their Children and Grandchildren

  • This program offers $3000 to disabled or wounded veterans to boost up their academic credentials.
  • Who can apply! Not only the wounded veterans, but also their children and grandchildren are eligible for this scholarship.
  • How to apply! Applicants must submit an essay of 200 to 300 words on “The Price of Freedom”, along with their latest official transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a non-refundable $15 processing fee to the Virginia office of the Military Order of the Purple Heart office by mail only.
  • The several scholarship and programs for the wounded and disabled veterans and their families are proof that once they’ve finished serving their country, the country start serving them.

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MWR RV and Camper Rentals

Recreational Vehicles (RVs) and campers can be rented from a variety of MWR locations nationwide.  Unfortunately, there is no official national database telling you where you can rent RVs, so we created our own list.  Please email us any other MWR locations you know that rent RVs or campers.

 

ISC Kodiak, AK – official website

Fort Carson, CO – official website

Fort Campbell, KY – official website

Fort Bragg, NC – official website

Fort Hood, TX – official website

Fort Eustis, VA – official website

NAS Oceana, VA – official website