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Military SnoFest marks 30 years - 01/16/20

SnoFest, the Front Range military’s annual ski weekend, is Feb. 7-9 at Keystone Resort, Colo. This is the event’s 30th year providing members of the military community discounts on lift tickets, lodging and other activities. The presenting sponsor for SnoFest is the Gary Sinise Foundation. For more information or to make reservations, go to mysnofest.com. 

 

DOD expands access to commissaries, exchange and MWR facilities - 12/30/19

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the Defense Department will expand access to commissary, Military Service Exchange and Morale Welfare and Recreation services, and use an established standard for physical access to military installations.

Access will expand to include all veterans with service-connected disabilities, veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former prisoners of war, and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

Those veterans visiting Peterson Air Force Base need to register their Veterans Health Identification Card at the installation’s visitor center prior to accessing the installation for the first time. Once their VHIC is registered the first time, veterans will not have to revisit the VCC.

"These new privileges recognize the service and sacrifice of these veterans and those that care for them," A.T. Johnston, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Military Community and Family Policy, said. "If you or someone you know might be eligible for these privileges, share the message," Johnston said. "Please help us ensure these veterans and caregivers receive the privileges they've been granted."

Veterans and primary family caregivers who are eligible and want to take advantage of in-person benefits must have a VHIC. Primary family caregivers must have an eligibility letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Community Care. 

Veterans currently use VHICs for identification and check-in at VA appointments, but will also use them for base access under the new program.

Veterans eligible solely under this act who are eligible to obtain a VHIC must use this credential for in person installation and privilege access. The card must display the veteran's eligibility status (e.g., Purple Heart, former prisoner of war or military-service connected).

Veterans eligible solely under this act who are not enrolled in or are not eligible to enroll in VA health care, or who are enrolled in VA health care, but do not possess a VHIC will not have access to Department of Defense and Coast Guard installations for in-person commissary, exchange and MWR retail privileges, but will have full access to online exchanges and American Forces Travel.

Medal of Honor recipients and veterans with 100% service-connected disability ratings are eligible for DoD credentials under DoD policy.

For information on Peterson VCC hours call (719) 556-6660.