- D. Hendricks
Act Signed Into Law Gives All Vets Free Access to National Parks
An act signed into law gives all veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to National Parks.
The act was part of the defense authorization bill which was signed into law.
“When you take your oath, if you go into the service, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, you really are protecting the homeland,” stated the National Park Service’s new director Chuck Sams. “I think this is a great recognition of that responsibility you took on to serve your nation.”
Back in 2020, the Department of Interior announced that veterans and Gold Star families would get free access to national parks and other public lands, but this law makes it permanent.
The National Park Service (NPS) operates more than 400 parks and historic sites across the United States.
One of the key benefits of free admission to national parks for veterans is the opportunity to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors. Whether hiking, fishing, or simply taking in the scenic beauty, spending time in a national park can provide a much-needed respite from the stress and challenges of daily life. For veterans who may be dealing with physical or emotional trauma, being in nature can have a calming and therapeutic effect.
In addition to free admission, veterans also have access to many other benefits and programs offered by the NPS. For example, some parks offer ranger-led programs, volunteer opportunities, and educational resources designed specifically for veterans.
Another important aspect of the free admission program is the opportunity for veterans to explore the rich cultural and historical heritage of the United States. Many national parks are home to historic sites, monuments, and memorials that commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of veterans, and visiting these sites can be a powerful and meaningful experience.
Overall, free admission to national parks for veterans is a small but meaningful way to show appreciation for their service and sacrifice. By connecting veterans with nature, history, and the great outdoors, the NPS is helping to support the well-being and quality of life of those who have served our country.
If you're a veteran, be sure to take advantage of this program and explore the beauty and wonder of America's national parks. And if you know a veteran, spread the word about this opportunity and help make sure that every veteran has access to the many benefits and resources offered by the NPS.