Veterans now have access to military campgrounds! As of Jan 1, 2020, veterans have been granted access to exchanges, commissaries, and MWR facilities thanks to the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.
What Veterans are Eligible
Qualifying veterans must be a Purple Heart recipient, a former prisoner of war, or have a service-connected disability rating between 0-90%.
Are You Eligible for Base Access
To find out if you qualify contact your local Veterans Administration or click the links below for more details.
- DOD Expanding Access Fact Sheet
- DOD Instruction 1015.10
- VA Top 10 Questions on Expanded Commissary, Exchange, MWR Access
Some amenities will be available based on the discretion of the base commander. If the facilities are already at capacity, they may not be made available to veterans. The Department of Defense does not expect it to be a problem for most areas. According to the Expanded access fact sheet, most areas won’t see much change with MWR usage.
What Amenities are Open
The following amenities are open to qualifying Veterans
- Base Clubs
- Golf Courses
- Rentals (kayaks, bikes, etc:)
The following amenities MAY be available to qualifying Veterans. Call your local base for more information.
- Lodging: Cabins, cottages, recreation centers, resorts, and official temporary duty and permanent change of station lodging (on a space-available basis).
- Movie Theater
The following are NOT available to Veterans with base access under the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.
- Child Care
- MAC flights
- USO (This is NOT a military organization)
Military Campground Fees
Military campgrounds are NOT free. Prices are based on the average local campground fees. We’ve stayed at military campgrounds with full hookups ranging in price from $17 a night to $50 a night. High touristy areas may have camping fees can be as much as $100 per night. Thankfully, most average around $22 a night. Each individual campground sets it’s own rates.
Length of Stay
Policies on length of stay will vary by the campground. We have seen military campgrounds with limits of 2 weeks to 6 months.
Reservation policies are also set by the individual campgrounds. Many military campgrounds allow active duty to make reservations 12 months ahead of time and retired military 6 months ahead of time. According to the new policy, veterans will fall into the retired military category or a category below them. Each campground will set their own policies.
Military Facility Links
- Commissaries: www.commissaries.com
- Army and Air Force Exchange System: www.shopmyexchange.com
- Coast Guard Exchange: shopCGX.com
- Marine Corps Exchange: www.mymcx.com
- Navy Exchange: www.mynavyexchange.com
Let us know if you will now gain access to the military bases as a veteran and what facilities you will be using.
Author: Stacy, You, Me & the RV, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, 2020