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There's still time to enter to win a dream vacation

Family and MWR Command

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Imagine attending a luau on Waikiki Beach; golfing in the shadows of the Magic Kingdom; sightseeing in a seventh-century city in The Land of the Morning Calm; sunbathing beneath a famous lighthouse on the Atlantic; or skiing or hiking in the Bavarian Alps.

One of those dream vacations awaits the winner of the Great Getaways Sweepstakes, an Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command-sponsored contest that continues through June 15 at

The grand prize includes a seven-night stay at one of five Armed Forces Recreation Centers and $2,500 for travel expenses. As many as four people may occupy the room.

The AFRCs are the Hale Koa Hotel on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii; Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Dragon Hill Lodge in Seoul, South Korea; Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club on Fort Story near Virginia Beach, Va.; and Edelweiss Lodge and Resort in Garmisch, Germany.

Armed Forces Recreation Center resorts provide affordable, wholesome vacation opportunities exclusively to service members, their Families and other authorized patrons of the total defense force. The resorts provide world-class service to ensure guests experience the vacation of a lifetime.

By providing high-quality and affordable vacation opportunities for those who serve, the resorts uphold the Army’s philosophy that service members are entitled to the same quality of life they are pledged to defend.

Perhaps the most important benefit to staying at any Armed Forces Recreation Center is the fact that all guests are members of the military Family. They’re people who serve together and share life experiences.

Because the resorts are owned and operated by the U.S. military, merchandise and hotel taxes are exempt, an added value to the budget-conscious vacation traveler. All five resorts are family-oriented and offer beautiful interior-designed guest rooms and a multitude of entertainment and activities for adults and children. The resorts also frequently offer discounts and specials; visit for the latest information.

Active-duty U.S. military personnel from all branches of service, Reserve, National Guard, retirees, Family Members and Department of Defense civilians 18 and older are eligible for the contest.

Eligible patrons may enter online. Limit is one entry per day, per person. The sweepstakes is not open to employees of FMWRC, USAA, GM Military Discount, Armed Forces Recreation Centers and their Family Members, or any other employees of companies providing prizes, products or services used in conjunction with the contest.

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