Theme parks, airport benefits, lawn care and more: Nine military freebies
Several business and government programs provide free or extremely low-priced products for servicemembers at home and abroad. Here are nine in particular that offer significant value:
1. Annual passes to the national parks: Active duty, Reserve and National Guard servicemembers for all four Pentagon services and the Coast Guard are eligible for a park pass, which also covers dependents. This is assuming the parks open again at some point — most are closed as part of the ongoing federal budget impasse.
2. TSA Precheck: Military and Defense Department civilians qualify for the program, which provides expedited boarding at airports, without the $85 fee. Servicemembers can enter their 10-digit DOD identification numbers into the Known Traveler Number field on their flight reservations, and they’re set. Civilians must opt-in through their profile page on the Milconnect website.
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