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Deals update: Ski passes, free museum admission, Costco and more for military and vets


Deals update: Ski passes, free museum admission, Costco and more for military and vets

By: Karen Jowers    12 hours ago46

Vail Resorts is offering deep discounts on passes for military, retired military and family members at Vail, Colo., and 17 other resorts during the 2019/2010 season. (Photo courtesy Vail Resorts)

Free admission to more than 2,000 museums this summer, a 90 percent discount on unlimited ski passes to Vail Resorts — these are few of the extra discounts and deals that are coming your way in our additions to the our previous May list.

We’ll continue to update; contact senior reporter Karen Jowers, at with your submissions.

Be sure to check with the establishment online or phone ahead to make sure you’ve got the appropriate ID. Some of these offers require verification online through SheerID.

Also check here for our tips and reminders.


Costco: Join Costco as a new member and get over $60 in coupons for free products and other savings. Cost of this membership activation certificate is $60 per year, and Costco doesn’t offer free or discounted memberships. Those eligible for the $60 in savings include active duty, Reserve and Guard, retirees and other veterans, and dependents. You must validate your status online through Costco’s partnership with SheerID. Membership activation certificates must be purchased online and not at Costco locations.

Vineyard Vines: This retailer of apparel and other items offers a 15 percent discount to active duty, Guard and Reserve, retirees, veterans and their family members, with verification through SheerID.

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Super 8 by Wyndham: Offers a 15 percent discount year-round to active and retired military members, veterans, and their families.

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Blue Star Museums: Free admission to more than 2,000 museums nationwide for service members and up to five family members, starting Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day. Those eligible must show a common access card (CAC) or dependent ID card for free admission into a participating Blue Star Museum. All the branches of service, including Coast Guard, as well as members of the Guard and Reserves, are eligible. This year’s participating museums are located in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and include fine art, science history and children’s museums, zoos, aquariums, gardens and more. More museums may sign up throughout the summer. For a list of participating museums, hours of operation and other information, visit This is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.

LEGOLAND Florida Resort: During May, the resort offers service members free admission to the LEGOLAND Florida Park and Water Park. Just present the military ID at any LEGOLAND Florida Resort ticket window. Service members can also get up to 25 percent off the LEGOLAND hotel. For those who aren’t active duty, including family members, discounted tickets are available at each military base’s Information, Tickets and Tours office, that include a second day free. Check with your local base office for pricing. Or, get a 10 percent discount at the gate on one- and two-day tickets with a valid military ID.

Vail Resorts: Military Epic Pass for $129, a discount of nearly 90 percent, available to active duty, retired military and family members, for the 2019/2020 season. These passes offer unlimited, unrestricted access to 18 resorts, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler Blackcomb, Breckenridge and others, including Perisher in Australia, for the 2020 ski season. Must show identification.


Rosetta Stone: Offers a 10 percent discount on subscription services and downloadable audio language lessons, to active duty and retired military. Verification through SheerID.46About
AuthorAbout Karen Jowers

Karen has covered military families, quality of life and consumer issues for Military Times for more than 30 years, and is co-author of a chapter on media coverage of military families in the book “A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families.” She previously worked for newspapers in Guam, Norfolk, Jacksonville, Fla., and Athens, Ga.

Passing of another AMVET from Post 495 in Millis

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Kevin Houlihan
March 07, 2019

Kevin Houlihan, 50, of Bellingham, died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Milford Regional Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Suzanne M. (Degon) Houlihan since 2003.

Born in Brighton on January 7, 1969, he was the son of Mary E. McQueeney and the late Thomas L. Houlihan, Jr.

A resident of Bellingham since 2004, Kevin formerly resided in Franklin and graduated from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in 1987.

Kevin was retired from the Army National Guard where he worked as a truck mechanic and served for 30 years. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and served in two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kevin also worked part-time as an EMT.

Kevin was a member of the Franklin Elks Lodge 2136 and the Bellingham VFW Post 7272 where he was a Past Commander and also served as a State Junior Vice Commander. Kevin earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1987, and was an active member of the Mayflower Council, Boy Scouts of America

Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by three brothers, Thomas L. Houlihan, III, and his wife Jewel, of Lake Orion, MI, John Houlihan and his wife Janice of Franklin and Michael Houlihan of Milford, CT, one sister Kathleen Hall and her husband Bruce of Hudson, NH, many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral on Tuesday, March 12 at the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin, 131 Main St. ( at 10 a.m.

Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 1:15 p.m.

Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 – 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Kevin’s memory to the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation – Oliva Patient Comfort Fund, 14 Prospect St., Milford, MA 01757.

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