Westgate Resorts Host 1,000 Military Families For 2017 Military Weekend

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Westgate Resorts Host 1,000 Military Families For 2017 Military Weekend

Westgate Resorts will honor thousands of U.S. military, veterans, their family members and Gold Star families (families who have lost a loved one in the service of our country) from across the nation with a free Orlando vacation at Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort, May 5-7.

The Westgate Military Weekend continues a six-year tradition of Westgate Resorts and CEO David Siegel honoring U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away vacations on Veterans Day to allow our nation’s heroes to spend quality time with their families.

“We are proud to host a special weekend for the men and women who have served our country,” said Siegel, who is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “We wanted to offer a weekend filled with activities designed to honor their service and allow them to have fun together as a family.”

Guests will receive complimentary resort accommodations May 5 and May 6, free admission to Westgate’s Ship Wreck Island water park and access to a military resource fair. The weekend will culminate with an exclusive concert featuring Grammy Award-winning country music artist Lee Greenwood (God Bless the USA, Ring On Her Finger) at the resort.

The military resource fair will offer attendees face-to-face access to more than a dozen services that support military families and veterans, including: Mission United, enabling military veterans and their families to successfully acclimate from active duty to civilian life; Camaraderie Foundation, providing healing for the invisible wounds of war such as PTSD; and The Mission Continues, empowering veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.

During the concert, the Westgate Resorts Foundation will announce a donation to three military nonprofit organizations.

“Westgate Resorts is absolutely committed to our military, including making veteran employment a top priority,” said Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. “This special weekend is another way for us to champion our military and their families.”

Nearly 3,500 guests are expected to attend the weekend, with families representing more than 40 U.S. states.

Westgate Resorts has honored our nation’s heroes with more than 23,000 free room nights provided to military families over the past six years.

This vacation opportunity was specifically for current military personnel who have served in combat, veterans who served in The War on Terror, their families and Gold Star families. Eligible families registered online to receive the vacations.

To follow the weekend activities on social media, use the hashtag #WestgateHeroes.


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Lisette R lives in Orlando, FL and is a local writer for Chip and Co. She loves all things Disney. She can primarily be found exploring the Walt Disney World Parks, Walt Disney World Resorts, and Disney Springs. When she is not at Walt Disney World she enjoys spending time researching and planning her next cruise on the Disney Cruise LIne or a visit to Disney Land.
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