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Busch Gardens offering free admission to U.S. military members, veterans, and their families

Busch Gardens Williamsburg is providing complimentary admission to U.S. military members, veterans, and their families! The Waves of Honor Program provides military personnel and up to three direct dependents one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® or Sesame Place®. •  Service Members and their direct dependents must have a valid Active-Military ID in…


Shopping Access to Military Exchanges Expands to DoD, Coast Guard Civilian Employees

The Department of Defense announced that it is expanding access to the military exchange stores to DoD and Coast Guard civilian employees with a Common Access Card. This will include in-store and online exchange shopping privileges to civilian employees who work in the U.S. and in U.S. territories and possessions. Those eligible will now be…

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Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane Welcomes New Commanding Officer

Cmdr. Benjamin Goff relieved Cmdr. Dorothy Hernaez as commanding officer of the USCGC Harriet Lane (WMEC 903) in a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, Wednesday, April 21st. Vice Admiral Steven Poulin, the Atlantic Area commander, presided over the event. Goff reported to Harriet Lane from the Coast Guard’s Command, Control, Communications,…

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Coast Guard Cutter Forward returns home after two-month patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Forward (WMEC 911) returned to its homeport in Portsmouth after a two-month patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, working to suppress and eradicate the movement of illegal drugs in the region, Sunday, April 11th.   The crew of the Forward worked in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air…

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Wreaths Across America Virtual Convoy Begins Its Journey to Arlington National Cemetery

The annual Wreaths Across American Convoy began today in Delaware and will travel to Arlington National Cemetery arriving on National Wreaths Across America Day, Saturday, Dec. 19. Wreaths Across America (WAA), is a national effort that grew thanks to a simple picture of wreaths laid at soldiers’ graves covered with snow at Arlington National Cemetery. The movement…

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U.S. Veterans to Receive Free National Park Passes for Life

In recognition of the sacrifices made by military members and their families, U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families can now receive a lifetime America the Beautiful pass to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, preserves, and other federal lands. According to a Department of the Interior news release. Active members of the military and their families already qualify for free…


Get a List of 2020 Veterans Day Celebrations in Hampton Roads.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11th and local cities and businesses will honor our veterans with Veteran’s Day Celebrations. WAVY-TV 10 put together a list of local in-person and virtual events: Chesapeake The Chesapeake Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs will hold a virtual wreath-laying ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. The ceremony can…


2020 Veterans Day Free Meals and Restaurant Deals and Discounts

2020 Veterans Day Restaurant Discounts: 7-Eleven — Active-duty, retired, veteran, guard, reservists and family members get a free coffee or Big Gulp on November 11. (7-Eleven app and Veterans Advantage membership required.) Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant — Veterans and active-duty military can choose one free entrée from the Veterans Day menu on November 11 at select locations. Army & Air Force Exchange Service — On November 11, MILITARY STAR cardholders…


Virginia Beach Native is USS Carl Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day”

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Kevin Jackson, a Virginia Beach, Va. native serving aboard Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), was recognized as Vinson’s “Sailor of the Day” in a ceremony on the ship’s bridge, Aug. 21. Jackson was selected for this honor from among over 3,000 Sailors in the ship’s crew. Story…

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