The challenges of deployment and frequent relocation can sometimes make it difficult for service members and their families to feel settled and enjoy themselves. Additionally, like civilian families, most military families are on a budget that may limit what they can spend on recreation and summer trips.
A DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable was held Wednesday, May 22, to discuss resources available to help members and their families enjoy the summer months despite financial constraints.
Guests to the Roundtable were Carol Potter, Senior Program Analyst for Morale Welfare and Recreation Policy, and Eddy Mentzer, Policy and Management Analyst in the office of Family Policy. Both are from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy).
Topics discussed summer camps and MWR’s wide range of programs and services, from fitness and outdoor recreation to libraries and bowling centers. Also discussed was Blue Star Museums, an initiative which allows military families to enjoy more than 1,800 museums this summer at no cost and the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Military Pass which provides an annual pass to military personnel and their families, allowing them to visit more than 2,000 national parks and recreational areas for free.