Military and Veterans
The team here at GoToStCroix.com would like to shout out a big 'THANK YOU' to all of the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces. In an effort to show our active duty military personnel and veterans how much St. Croix appreciates their service we have compiled a list of special events and organizations dedicated to 'serving those who have served', as well as local businesses that offer military discounts. So, read on to learn more!
Fish With A Vet is non-profit organization which supports Veterans and Veteran Organizations in the USVI. Our mission is to thank and honor those Veterans and Active Military who have served and protected our country….
The following local businesses offer discounts to active duty military and veterans with a valid Military or Veteran ID:
Tours & Activities
Big Beard's Adventure Tours | 10% discount on tours (discount not applicable on merchandise)
Blue Canyon Charters | 10% discount off any charter
Dive Experience | 10% discount
Forever & Always Fishing Charters | $50 off any charter
St. Croix Ultimate Bluewater Adventures (SCUBA) | 10% discount
Virgin Island Food Tours | 10% discount on all tours
Crucian Gold | 5% discount
Gallows Bay Marine | 10% discount on purchases under $100, or 15% discount on purchases over $100
Sonya Ltd. | 5% discount
St. Croix Surf Company | 10% discount
The Natural Jewel | 10% discount
The Jewelry Factory | 10% discount
Accommodations & Car Rentals
Budget Rent A Car | 10% discount on your car rental. Military discount cannot be used with any other discounts, promotional rates or promotional offers.
Judi of Croix | 10% discount on your car rental. Please request discount at time of inquiry or reservation.
Villa Coco Rum | 15% discount on your stay
Blues Backyard BBQ & Grill | $2 off any $20 lunch or dinner purchase
Veterans Day Lunch at La Reine Chicken Shack
Each year on Veterans Day, La Reine Chicken Shack serves complimentary lunches to to all Veterans and active duty Military members between the hours of 11:30am and 3:30pm. Stop by with your military ID and they'll provide lunch!
Check out these special events here on St. Croix for our veterans and active duty military personnel:
The USVI offers special benefits for its military Service members and Veterans including discounted Veterans Home and Land loans, Veterans Employment Preference, Reimbursement for Burial Expenses, Veteran Tuition Assistance and Free License Plates. Eligibility for some benefits may depend on residency, military component and Veteran disability status. Check out a few of the benefits below, or click here to learn more.
Schaffer Mortgage can provide VA mortgages offering 100% financing to qualified veterans for loans up to $726,525 (2019 VA Loan limit). VA Loan rates with excellent credit on a 30-year fixed rate are currently 3.625%. Plus, in many cases the sellers will agree to pay a portion or all the veteran’s closing costs.
Free Veteran License Plates
Veterans’ license plates are free to veterans; however, you must pay for the registration process. The Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs said that the new Veterans’ License Plate is available at the St. Croix offices and will be issued between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 pm Monday through Friday.
In order to receive a veteran license plate, you must be a registered Veteran within the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs. If you are not registered within the V.I. Office of Veterans Affairs you must bring your DD214 showing proof of your veteran status to the office. In addition to being registered in the office, veterans must present the registration document that is about to be renewed. For those who are importing a car to the Virgin Islands, you must present proof of paying your road tax on your vehicle before receiving a set of plates. Each veteran is authorized to have no more than two sets of Veterans plates registered in their name. For further information, please call the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs on St. Croix at (340) 773-8387.
Free Tuition at UVICELL
University of the Virgin Islands Community Engagement & Lifelong Learning (UVICELL) offers free tuition to veterans for attendance at the University of the Virgin Islands to participate in the UVICELL program. The programs are free to Virgin Islands Veterans please contact the Office of Veterans Affairs to determine if you qualify. UVICELL offers a wide array of programs to help you achieve your personal and career goals. Programs include both in-class and online courses.
Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - St. Croix Outstation
The Village Mall, Suite 113
St. Croix, VI 00850-4701
Christiansted, VI 00820
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