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Old 04-26-2018, 04:26 AM   #11
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There is a misconception about the Family Camp system within the military. It is NOT a campground capable of providing sites to "anyone and/or everyone". It is a part of the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) system for active duty military and their family. Space is limited at EVERY FamCamp, so a priority system was developed to allow people to use the system. Each FamCamp is permitted to tailor the rules to meet their specific needs, however the basic mandate is to provide recreational activity for active duty military members and their immediate family. Other "classes" of military members are allowed to use the facility on a space available basis. Reservations are allowed on a "first come, first served" basis only after active duty military has been served.

While I agree, that honorably discharged veterans "should" be allowed to use the facilities, the facilities are already overcrowded, adding another 25 million people to the mix would completely swamp the system and possibly push the intended group, active duty military, out of the system. The facilities simply can't cope with that amount of increased population and the increased use that would result. It would become much like some of the most popular campgrounds where reservations are impossible to get, even when calling years in advance.


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Old 04-26-2018, 05:17 AM   #12
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Eastham, you are correct. Brenda and I are both USMC vets but not retired. Nope, just for retired and active duty. I really don't have a problem with that. Retired military personnel get few enough benefits as it is. Plus how would we prove we are veterans? Kind of hard to carry around a copy of your DD214 all the time.
Our local county VA office issues photo ID cards identifying your current status. They vet your DD214 so you do not need to carry it.

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Old 04-26-2018, 05:33 AM   #13
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Our local county VA office issues photo ID cards identifying your current status. They vet your DD214 so you do not need to carry it.
Additionally, many states are "vetting the vet" and placing a veteran designation on driver's licenses. Michigan started the program a couple years ago. All a veteran needs to do is take his DD214 to the SOS office when renewing his/her driver's license and the SOS will place the "veteran" designation on the new driver's license. Even for retirees it's a good program since many businesses need to copy the "veteran status" and a copy of the DD214 has far too much personal information to be copied and military ID's are not supposed to be copied, even for personal use. So, the VA ID card or the driver's license seems to be the logical choice.

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Old 04-26-2018, 07:52 AM   #14
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We have been using military CGs from coast to coast for the last 5 or so years. On the whole, they are cheaper, safer, cleaner and just better than commercial CGs. The downsides other than that you need a military ID to use them are that most installations do not allow firearms of any kind and that many of the CGs where we have stayed are nearly full of contractors who may or may not be military. Many times, the contractor parks his rig on the CG and leaves it there empty for months while he is working elsewhere. Another problem is the move to privatize everything military. If the CG has a contractor running it, usually it is not much better than or in some cases, worse than the commercial CGs. Most military CGs do not take reservations; you show up and take your chances. On the other hand, even when they are full, most military CGs will fit you in somewhere for the night. We have parked next to a building where we could run a hose and extension cord thru a window and made out just fine. For anyone eligible, a military CG is a good option that we use whenever available.
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Old 04-26-2018, 08:54 AM   #15
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I have only used a couple of them and so far I like them. We will use more in the future so hopefully that opinion wonít change.
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Old 04-26-2018, 09:43 AM   #16
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Military sponsor on the installation

That is supposed to be the priority BUT they put contractors working on the installation in there.

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Old 04-26-2018, 01:52 PM   #17
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Here are some locations with pictures that we stayed at during our full timing years. There were many more.

Barksdale AFB, FAMCAMP. Bossier City, LA

James E Johnson Memorial RV Park, Camp Blanding, Starke, FL.

NAS Corpus Christi RV Park, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, TX

Ellsworth AFB, FAMCAMP, Box Elder, SD

NAS Lemoore RV Park, Naval Air Station, Lemoore, CA.

Pelican Roost RV Park, Naval Station, Mayport, FL

ADM Baker, Naval Recreational Facility, San Diego, CA

Naval Air Facility RV Park, El Centro, CA - FHU Over flow site.

Naval Air Station Jacksonville RV Park, Jacksonville, FL

New Boston Air Force Station FAMCAMP, New Boston, NH.

Fort Bliss RV Park, El Paso, TX

Foster Creek RV Park, Naval Weapons Station, Goose Creek, SC

Laughton AFB FAMCAMP, Del Rio, TX

This last one is not a military campground. Itís owned and operated by American Legion Post 137 at Jacksonville, FL. It has 8 sites on a gated compound behind the post with a dual paved boat ramp with waterway access to the St. Johns River. Any Veteran with proof of 180 days of active service (DD-214) can stay there. Call for reservations.

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Old 04-26-2018, 04:33 PM   #18
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Here is a link to a site with a lot of information on base cg’s Everything from photos to reviews.

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