One Good Thing: Veterans Get Free Lifetime Passes to National Parks

Photo: National Park Service

President Trump may have fired his Defense Secretary yesterday, but at least the administration did one good thing.  The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all U.S. military veterans and gold star families are now eligible to get free access to national parks, wildlife refuges, and thousands of other recreation areas. The passes ordinarily cost $80, but now with a military or veterans ID, those who have served can gain free entry to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites and 400 million acres of public lands.  Those who are in the military  — active and reserve — were already eligible for free annual passes, but now they are entitled to free park entry for the rest of their lives!  That is a great way for all of us to say thank you for your service.

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