Author: United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs (i): Contact: Veterans.senate.gov
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The US Senate passes the S.327 Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, which gives all veterans with service-related disabilities free lifelong entry to US national parks and states.
Bill grants disabled veterinarians access to US national treasures. The value that national parks can play in transforming veteran’s lives for the better is not to be underestimated.
The Tester’s bill would amend that law to provide a lifetime National Recreational Passport to every veteran with a disability related to the service.
After continued efforts by US Senator Jon Tester, the Senate unanimously passed S.327, the Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, which entitles all veterans with service-related disabilities to free, lifelong entry to US national parks and other states.
“This bill makes our most precious and beautiful places – in Montana and across the country – freely available to disabled veterans in our country,” said Tester, ranking member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
“Recreation in our national parks and public areas can be a valuable remedy for veterans living with physical and emotional wounds due to their service, and I will continue to fight to see our legislation cross the finish line in Congress.”
Denali National Park is about 380 km north of Anchorage in Alaska.
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“The Whitefish Veteran’s Support Team fully supports and encourages the passage of S.327,” said J. David Williams, president of the Whitefish Veteran’s Support Team.
“Granting a lifetime National Recreational Pass to every veteran with a service-related disability, including those bearing the invisible wounds of war, is the least we can do as a nation to show our appreciation for the sacrifices our soldiers have made The real value that national parks can play in changing the lives of veterans for the better cannot be underestimated. This bill gives disabled veterinarians access to our country’s national treasures they deserve. “
The Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act requires veterans to be 100 percent permanently disabled in order to receive a free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. The Tester’s bill would amend that law to provide a lifetime National Recreational Passport to every veteran with a disability related to the service.
For years, Tester has endeavored to give veterans across the country direct and affordable access to American national parks.
In 2011, Tester led the indictment on the introduction of a law creating a new “Freedom Pass,” which would give all volunteer military veterans lifelong free access to America’s national parks, historic sites and monuments.
He also called on Home Secretary Ryan Zinke to support the creation of a lifetime national park pass for veterans in 2017.
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Journal: Disabled World. Language: English. Author: United States Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Electronic publication date: 2020-06-26. Last revised date: 2020-06-26. Reference Title: “Disabled Veterinarians Get Lifelong Free Access to US National Parks,” Source: Disabled Veterinarians Get Lifelong Free Access to US National Parks. Summary: The US Senate passes the S.327 Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, which gives all veterans with service-related disabilities free lifelong access to US national parks and states. Retrieved on December 21, 2018 from https://www.disabled-world.com/entertainment/lifetime-access.php – reference category number: DW # 43-13856.
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