Kansas Adjutant General's Department
Community Support


S ? M ? A ? R ? T  brings military veterans, and their families together to share camaraderie, travel, camping, and support to our veterans. All active, retired, and honorably discharged veterans from U.S. and Canadian Armed Forces, interested in recreational travel, and sharing the camaraderie developed in the military are welcome. This includes; Reserve, National Guard, Air National Guard, Coast Guard, and also USPHS, and NOAA.

Who's A Veteran? - A veteran, as defined by federal law, moral code and military service is; “Any person who served for any length of time in any military service branch.” Although not military veterans, we also invite veterans of commissioned service in NOAA and USPHS to join as well.

Emphasis on serving Veterans - We have chapters for full-timers, golfers, and for members who just like to travel. Married or single, owning a motorhome, travel trailer, 5th wheel, truck camper, or pop-up, our chapters offer activities to include: simple pleasures such as playing games, socializing, sharing potluck meals on weekend camp-outs, and monthly luncheons; to involvement in community activities, and volunteering at Veterans' Homes and Hospitals. Members volunteer and participate in Habitat for Humanity, the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots, Sew Much Comfort, and others.

RV Caravans Across America - RV Caravans are another unique aspect of SMART RVing. Experienced members, called Wagon Masters, lead RV Caravans to many exciting places, such as Alaska, New England, Southwest, and many more. SMART RVing boasts the "best" prices in the RV travel industry. Visit our RV Caravans page to learn more.

For more information on SMART visit their website at Caution-https://smartrving.org

*Note:  We are not all retired military.  Anyone who has served can join.  


Specializing in VA Purchases and Refinancing.  In house VA Underwriting Available.  Special Discount on VA Closing Costs Anywhere in the United States.  Available on Weekends

Peoples Bank
Military Residential Specialist Certified
Nancy McElderry
316 W. Cloud
Salina, KS  67401
785-825-2100 Office
785-820-6534 Cell

CrossFit Topeka is offering an introductory military price for their fitness club.  Members of the military will receive 50 percent off their monthly membership fee for the first three months and then 10 percent off every month after that.  Membership fees are $100 a month with unlimited class attendance.  http://crossfittopeka.com/ or call 785-383-9609.

The University of Phoenix offers interactive classes and virtual learning spaces are designed to enhance your educational journey. What's more, our faculty average 20 years of real-world experience in their fields, and bring a wealth of expertise to the classroom.

Our array of individual courses helps you find the subject matter you need. IT certificateprograms include:

 Cisco®Networking Fundamentals
 Health Care Information Technology
 Application Delivery Networking®(noncredit)

Find out how our programs can help you gain the skills you need and prepare you for tomorrow's leading roles.

For program information, please visit their website at http://www.phoenix.edu/

The Wichita State University Veterans Upward Bound program (VUB) is an educational and skill program designed specifically to serve the needs of today's Veterans.

We offer a unique range of services designed to prepare eligible veterans for success when they enter their chosen educational program:

  • whether it is at a 2-year community college
  • a 4-year college or university
  • a public or private school  
  • Vocational or  Technical School

All services, including instruction, textbooks, advising, and supplies, are provided FREE of charge.

VUB is a TRIO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by Campus Life and University Relations at Wichita State University.   We serve veterans in Wichita, Sedgwick County, Butler County and Harvey County.   Our main office is located in Wichita on the Wichita State University Campus.


Need help planning your next trip or travels for your military family? Here are some good websites to visit…

Armed Forces recreation Center Resorts






And then there’s always flying Space-A with the Air Force. If you are active duty you’re dependents can travel with you.


Special Thank You To Our Troops!

Save 15% on your Bridal Gown at any Alfred Angelo Company Owned Bridal Boutique by presenting a valid military ID*.

Click here for more information.

Dear National Guard and Reserve Families,

Our Military Kids (www.ourmilitarykids.org) wants to help your family through this deployment.  If you have a child ages 3 to 18 whose parent is currently deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves, your child is eligible for a grant.  The grants, which can be up to $500, will pay for up to six months of an extracurricular activity of your choice.

The process is simple.  Visit the website and select the appropriate one-page application.  Once you download and complete the application, mail it, along with copies of three supporting documents:

1) A copy of the Title 10 deployment orders;

2) A form of ID for your child that proves dependency to the service member – we accept a Military ID, birth certificate, or 1172 DEERS form;

3) Contact and fee information for the activity of your choice – a flyer, brochure, etc.

Once we receive your application and documents, a check is sent within ten days directly to the service provider of the activity.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page.  If you don’t see an answer to your question, call our office at (703) 734-6654.  Keep in mind – we can only provide grants to children with a parent who is currently deployed – if your service member has yet to deploy, or has already returned home, the child is not eligible.

We urge you to apply before December 31.  All of our current guidelines for the program will remain in place through 2011, but may need to change in 2012 depending on the level of funding we receive.

Our Military Kids looks forward to recognizing our littlest warriors for their service to our country!

Our Military Kids

(703) 734-6654 (Office)

(703) 734-6503 (Fax)


 Hobby Depot is giving a 10% discount to all present and past servicemembers store wide.

Stop by and visit with us! See our newly expanded store and product lines!
5628 SW 29th St. In BARRINGTON VILLAGE, Topeka, Kansas
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 5:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM: Closed Sunday

Specializing in model railroad repairs, electronics, installations, modifications, layout consultation and construction

model railroad n, ho,027, o, g scale engines, cars, electronics, parts, track. Dcc electronics, accessories, scenery, micro-trains, kato, intermountain, atlas, athearn, kadee, athearn genesis, walthers, lionel, atlas o, & more!  Peco, seinohara, kato & atlas code 83 & 100 track

model master, testors, pollyscale, floquil, tamiya & more! Bob smith & tenax 7-r adhesives

scratch building metal, wood & plastic; evergreen plastics, k & s metal products, northeastern scale lumber

hobby books & magazines, model cars, trucks, planes, helicopters, tanks and military accessories. Slot car racing sets & accessories; hobby paints & adhesives; coins, books, & accessories.  

Mid West Barber College

901 SW 37th St., Topeka , KS  – 785.266.2500


For all that you do… Topeka and Surrounding Area Military, Law Enforcement and Fire/Rescue

Receive 1/2 off all services! Please bring your CURRENT ID, to receive your discount.

eKnowledge Donates $38 Million of FREE* SAT and ACT Test Prep Software to Military Families Worldwide
In alliance with the Department of Defense and supported by Patriotic NFL players, eKnowledge is donating $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs to Military Service Members and their extended families. As Veterans Day approaches, we remember and honor our U.S. servicemen and women for their sacrifice and incredible contributions to our country. Over the past seven years, eKnowledge has donated over 165,000 PowerPrep™ programs with a value approaching $39 million.

About the SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ Programs:

The SAT and ACT PowerPrep™ software comes in a single DVD and includes more than 11 hours of Virtual Classroom instruction and 3,000 files of supplemental test prep material.  Thousands of interactive diagnostic tools, sample questions, practice tests and graphic teaching illustrations are indexed for easy use.  Students select the training they need and can study at their own pace.

How to Request the FREE* Programs: 

*The SAT or ACT sponsorship covers 100% OF THE TOTAL RETAIL COST OF THE $200 program; there is a small fee of $17.55 (per standard program) for the cost of materials, customer support and world-wide shipping.

For more information and to place an order click here.

We are excited to announce that eligibility for the Tutor.com for Military Families program has been expanded. All Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve members and their families, regardless of their deployment status, are now eligible to access the program athttp://cts.vresp.com/c/?Tutor.com/4f7c2cc43e/a68f670f51/b84416b6f2  You can continue to direct military families who have questions about eligibility to our website. The new eligibility statement details the expanded program coverage is available at:  http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Tutor.com/4f7c2cc43e/a68f670f51/c166d7fca0  Due to the expanded eligibility, the account creation process has changed to ensure all military families can create an account online if they are not near an installation. Military members across all services and their dependents can create an account online at http://cts.vresp.com/c/?Tutor.com/4f7c2cc43e/a68f670f51/fe8d0c3fda QUESTIONS? CONTACT US If you have any questions about the changes, please contact Jennifer Marsh at jmarsh@tutor.com  Tutor.com for Military Families Team


ATTENTION RETIREES: TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is a Government-authorized dental benefits program that is available to all military retirees (including gray area retirees), and their eligible family members. For more information go to http://www.trdp.org/or watch a video at http://www.trdp.org/dwnld/420x236.wmv.

This video teaches Soldiers and Airmen how to skip a 12-month waiting period and get coverage for braces, crowns and implants right away. This to be a big money-saver for the families, especially for those who have kids in braces.

Baker University offers a tuition discount to military personnel and their spouses.  Baker provides accelerated, adult degree programs in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita, Kansas and in Lee's Summit and Kansas City, Missouri.  For more information contact Pam McKelley at 913-491-4432 or 800-955-7747 or by e-mail at pam.mckelley@learn.bakerU.edu or visit their website at www.bakerU.edu/military

CoCo Key Kansas City offers 55,000 square feet of indoor water park fun for kids of all ages! Explore our attractions below to discover the adventures awaiting your family! Don’t forget to bring your own towel!

To honor our heroes, CoCo Key Kansas City id offering military members 25% off a day pass admission any day of the week!  Please have valid Military or Veteran ID ready upon check-in. One discounted day pass ticket per military member. Must show proper ID at water park front desk in order to ensure discount. Veteran ID may be any form of ID that displays name and indication of military service. Not valid with any other promotion or discount. CoCo Key also offers 20% off any birthday party package. Must call to reserve. Please check our calendar for current operating hours.

At the Kansas City water park location, our goal is simple. We want to make your kids happy. See the happiness in their smiles as they play in the giant indoor water park or splash around in our hotel pool. It’s in each bite of a meal or snack from our family-friendly restaurants. Whether you’re here for the day or staying overnight, happiness is in the air all year long at Kansas City’s CoCo Key.

The Topeka YMCA (All three locations) are offering a new Military Rate for current military members. For monthly family membership the rate is $37 a month. For a single membership the rate is $26 a month. They can sign up at any YMCA for that rate, and if there a recurrent military members they can get their rate reduced to the military rate by calling Lin McRoberts downtown (785)354-8591. This is only for the Topeka area YMCA.

Deb's in West Ridge Mall in Topeka offers military discounts (785-228-0076).  Deb targets fashion-conscious juniors, teens, and plus-sized misses, Deb Shops sells moderately priced accessories, coats, dresses, lingerie, shoes, and sportswear through more than 330 stores across the US, most of them in malls in the Midwest and the Mid-Atlantic.

USO has a free photo book offer for family members of deployed service members.  Visit their website at   www.myphotosmyfamily.com for details.
Military RV'ers and Campers can join S*M*A*R*T which is a recreational vehicle social club for active and retired military veterans and their spouses.  Founded in 1982 the club has 54 chapters across the U.S.  For more information about the club visit their website at www.smartrving.net

Sittercity.com is the nation's largest online source for local babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors, and contains more than 1 million caregiver profiles. The Sittercity Corporate Program, funded by the Defense Department, offers military families, including active-duty, Guard and Reserve members, with a paid membership to the site.  The paid membership enables military families entry to a custom-built Defense Department Web site portal where they can match up caregivers to their situation; gain instant access to caregiver profiles that include background checks, references and reviews; and find military-certified care providers as well as caregivers who are military-subsidized and authorized access to a military installation. Military members and their families can activate their membership by going to http://www.sittercity.com/dod.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka is looking for volunteers to mentor children during the school year.  They are looking volunteers to read to children one day a week over their lunch hour.  For more information visit their website at:    www.topeka.kansasbigs.org
Free Admission to Museums -- More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia are offering free admission to active duty servicememembers and their families, including activated Guard and Reserves. Go to http://www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php for list of participating museums.
Lowe's Military Discount - All day, every day 10 percent discount to active military personnel who are active duty, reserve and their family members. Must present valid, government issued military ID card. All other military veterans will receive the discount on Memorial Day, Independence day and Veterans Day weekends.
Military Discounts- A listing of military discounts nationwide. Go to www.military.com and click "Discounts" under the Benefits tab.



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