All who served our country in uniform are invited to use YMCA facilities free of charge on Veterans Day and learn about a special membership benefit developed with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs
(DES MOINES, IA) – Veterans Day 2016 is being celebrated as Military Appreciation Day at all branches of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.
This Friday, November 11, the Y is inviting all veterans, active duty military and Guard and Reserve members to work out free of charge at any of the nine full-facility Y branches in the Des Moines area. By simply identifying themselves at the Welcome Center, veterans and military service personnel will receive free passes that allow them to use the facilities and equipment and attend group exercise classes all day long.
In conjunction with the celebration of Military Appreciation Day, the Y and the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs are pleased to announce a new membership benefit to enhance the health and well-being of Iowa veterans and military service personnel and their families.
Starting November 11, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is offering a special membership benefit for veterans, active duty military and members of the Guard and Reserve living in Polk, Warren, Dallas and Boone counties in Iowa. This membership benefit includes a waiver of the customary $50 joiner fee and access to the Y’s Healthy Living Center facility for the same price as a regular membership. In all, the enhanced membership for veterans represents a savings of 40 percent over the Y’s standard membership rates.
Former Iowa Governor Chet Culver, president of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, said the Y’s membership benefit for veterans recognizes the sacrifices military members and their families have made in defense of our nation’s freedom.
“We want to make it easier for veterans and military service members to connect with the Y community and access the many programs we offer to help them manage and improve their health,” Culver said. “Working with the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, we can reach out to this group to identify needs and direct them to the classes, support groups and medical programs that will help them achieve their specific wellness goals.”
Starting on Friday, veterans and members of the military can sign up for the special membership benefit by visiting any of the nine branches of the YMCA of Greater Des Moines and presenting a military ID or proof of veteran status. Eligible individuals who are already members of the Y can upgrade their memberships by presenting the appropriate credentials. Memberships are available for Adults, Adult Families, Seniors (age 65 and older) and Senior Families.
“The heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform deserve our thanks and our support,” Culver said. “They risked everything for us, and many of them suffered injuries in the line of duty that require ongoing medical treatment or rehabilitation. The YMCA is proud to recognize them on Veterans Day and every day by providing services to help them lead healthier, more active lives.”