The ‘Y’ says thank you to service members

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The YMCA of Greater Erie and the Armed Services YMCA want to announce an exciting offer…  Free memberships for the families of deployed service members.

“We understand that military families are under enormous stress, and military life comes with unique challenges,” says Gerry Vandemerwe, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Erie.  “Deployments and frequent moves can be stressful for military and their families… A membership to the YMCA enables the families of deployed military to spend quality time together and provides an opportunity to meet other military families who can relate to their unique situation.”

Eligible military include:  

  • Title 10 Personnel including family members of deployed National Guard and Reservists
  • Active duty independent duty personnel and their families
  • Wounded service members assigned to a Community Based Warrior in Transition Unit
  • Relocated spouse/dependent children of deployed active duty personnel (the relocated spouse category supports families/spouses who relocate away from an installation/duty station while the active duty service member is deployed – all of the following criteria must be met:  the service member is on active duty; the service member is DEPLOYED for a minimum of six months, on deployment orders – NOT unaccompanied orders, NOT geographic bachelors, the spouse has relocated away from the military installation where the service member is assigned; most often, back home near family).

Those who are eligible can bring their military ID and any other required documentation (deployment orders, military service headquarters approval letter, etc.) to the Y branch for verification.  

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