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Frommer's 6 for 60 contest a vacation giveaway for military families

This tropical hideout in Rincon, Puerto Rico, sits just steps from sandy Puerto Rico beaches. The vacation rental is one of six that Frommers is offering to families of retired military members for a free five-night stay through its "6 for 60" contest.

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By KAREN BRADBURY | Stars and Stripes | Published: May 25, 2017

Note: This article has been corrected.

While serving in the U.S. Army in Europe in the 1950s, Arthur Frommer wrote a guide for his fellow GIs explaining how to get around the continent on a limited budget. That guide served as the backbone to his 1957 book "Europe on $5 a Day," which sold well and encouraged even those with limited means to strike out and explore the wonders to be found there. Six decades later, the Frommer brand is still turning out guides to destinations around the world.

To mark the 60-year anniversary of this game-changing guidebook, Frommer's has announced a contest titled "6 for 60." In partnership with vacation rental specialists HomeAway, families of military veterans have the chance to win one of six travel experiences. The prizes up for grabs are five-night vacation rentals in Rincón, Puerto Rico; Orlando, Fla.; Sonoma, Calif.; Hilton Head, S.C.; London, UK and Verona, Italy, along with $1,500 spending money and up to $2,000 or $4,000 to cover the cost of airfare.  

Through June 4, Frommer's is accepting via the Internet nominations of families of military veterans whose accomplishments stand over and above. These families can be nominated by others, or suggest their own candidacy. The nominator must write an essay of a maximum 1,000 characters, including spaces, explaining what winning one of these trips would mean to the family, and submit a photo of them. One immediate family member must have served and be retired from the military. Families must be legal residents of the U.S. or its overseas military bases.   

From June 5 to June 8, 2017, experts at Frommer's and HomeAway will whittle the entrant pool down to 30 finalists, and from June 9 to 25, 2017, the public will have their say on the Frommers.com/6for60 website. Voting takes place through one's Facebook account. The entrant with the most votes will be declared the Grand Prize winner and have first choice among the six vacations offered. The family with the second most points will choose from the remaining destinations and so on until all winners have selected a stay.

The complete terms and conditions governing the contest are found here. Also set forth on the page are the criteria by which the essays will be judged. 

Correction: This story has been edited to reflect that only families of veterans -- those with a member who is retired from the military -- are eligible.

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