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Free entry to the national park for current and former service members and their families is no longer limited to Veterans Day.
Especially in a pandemic, to go outside was more important than ever. Unfortunately, not everyone has the means or access to visit our nation’s national parks. Access to the national park is now granted to those who have served and their family members free for life.
In recognition of their service, the NPS is offering veterans free entry to national parks on Veterans Day. Introduced by Home Secretary David Bernhardt and signed by President Trump, this ordinance gives veterans free access all year round. National park passes typically cost $ 80 per year (free for a lifetime disability pass).
In order to obtain the free pass, veterans must present identification showing they were with the Armed Forces or the U.S. National Guard and Reserves. (The process is similar for State and other parks This offers veterans discounts.) Gold Star families are those who have lost a family member who served in a war or military operation outside the United States, or who were killed in an international terrorist attack.
Free entry is only available to Gold Star families, veterans and their immediate family members those who travel with them.
“With the greatest respect and gratitude, we grant Veterans and Gold Star families free access to the iconic and cherished lands they have fought to protect from this Veterans Day and every day thereafter,” said Secretary Bernhardt.
Free entry applies to all national parks and to public land and waterways administered by the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Please refer to the NPS for more information on this new program. Plan your visit page with frequently asked questions.
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