This bill would make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Under current law, individuals must be permanently disabled in order to be eligible for a free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which costs $80 for an annual pass for a member of the general public.
What is Senate Bill S. 355?
Cost of Senate Bill S. 355
In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced this bill to make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass:
“This bill would ensure that the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country are able to enjoy many of America’s most spectacular sights free of charge. New Hampshire is home to some of the most beautiful recreation spaces, and the least we can do for our wounded warriors is provide access without cost.”
Lead cosponsor Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) added:
“Those who have fought and sacrificed to defend our freedoms should have free access to our nation’s parks and recreational lands. From Acadia to Denali, and everywhere in between, our bill would allow disabled veterans to access more easily our country’s national treasures for outdoor recreation, which can help heal both the visible and invisible wounds of war.”
This legislation has the support of three cosponsors in the Senate, including a Republican, a Democrat, and an Independent.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Jeffrey Johnson / Creative Commons)
Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of 2017
A bill to amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
National Parks SubcommitteeCommittee on Energy and Natural ResourcesIntroducedFebruary 13th, 2017
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