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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 11:29 am 
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Starting tomorrow.
That 3 years I did in the Army back in the 90s is now saving me $80/year.

https://kutv.com/news/local/veterans-gold-star-families-can-get-free-admission-to-national-parks-for-life

KUTV ó U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families will be granted free access to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

The offer begins on Wednesday, Veterans Day, this year, and every day onward.

For the program, a veteran is identified as a person who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and can present one of the following forms of identification:


Department of Defense Identification Card

Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)

Veteran ID Card

Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driverís license or identification card

Here's how to get a veterans ID card if you don't have one yet.
https://www.va.gov/records/get-veteran-id-cards/vic/
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 5:38 pm 
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Thanks, will have to look into that!  I had not heard that announcement.  I've been buying passes for decades now, except for the old age pass I use often.  I also enjoyed the benefit of going to grad school on the GI Bill but I'd trade all that for not having been drafted in the first place!  The first of my nine right leg surgeries was in Saigon in 1968, after my right tibia was shattered from knee to ankle by an AK-47 sniper round.  The rest of my right leg surgeries were covered by my generous employer medical insurance.
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 6:18 pm 
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Very cool MyFootHurts!  Thank you for posting this (I know I will be looking into this).  Here is the NPS link (same info you already posted)

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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 7:01 pm 
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nordique wrote:
Thanks, will have to look into that!

Well, you could have acquired a lifetime pass for $10 (now $80) once you turned 62....surely you knew that?

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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 10:28 pm 
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Dang Nordique. Thanks for your service. I think I would have given up on hiking after a half dozen leg surgeries.
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PostTue Nov 10, 2020 10:31 pm 
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Thanks for your service.   It seems like the least we can do for folks that serve their country and put themselves in harms way.
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PostFri Nov 13, 2020 4:58 pm 
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Not to be a party pooper (we all love veterans), but this seems to be a big loss of revenue for the parks and forests. How is that loss going to be made up for?
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PostSat Nov 14, 2020 9:09 am 
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I'm not particularly enamored with any access fee reduction that isn't based on actual need/income level. (Or being in 4th grade - I can live with that one. wink.gif )

I also don't particularly care for the implication that some group of citizens has a greater claim on or right to access our public lands, whether it be the "warrior class" or some other. (For some reason it made me think of the right to vote in Starship Troopers.) If we're going to tie free access to some sort of "service," maybe do voting - you get a two year pass every time you vote in a national election. smile.gif

But this is good info for those it applies to.
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PostSat Nov 14, 2020 10:09 am 
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I agree with the sentiments above and so does my Dad, who was drafted and served in combat in Vietnam (also drafted after grad school). This is not to disrespect Veterans. I don't understand the logic in free passes for old people as well. If you want to compensate Veterans more for their service, then compensate them more. Don't dupe everyone into thinking you care about Veterans' compensation by giving them $80 a year at the expense of federal lands funding.
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PostSat Nov 14, 2020 5:46 pm 
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whitebark wrote:
Not to be a party pooper (we all love veterans), but this seems to be a big loss of revenue for the parks and forests. How is that loss going to be made up for?

Access fees are IMHO the boondoggle -- Congress is able to prioritize  spending billions to buy aircraft, tanks, etc  that the pentagon didn't request and to give trillions of tax cuts to people and corporations with more than $500,000 / year in income.
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PostSat Nov 14, 2020 7:14 pm 
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Anyway it's great a lot of people have one less thing standing between them and the great outdoors.   smile.gif
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PostSun Nov 15, 2020 10:32 am 
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Cyclopath wrote:
Anyway it's great a lot of people have one less thing standing between them and the great outdoors.   smile.gif

Although I have some thoughts I'm not going to go into the politics of this issue. One problem I do see is how does one for example park their car at the trailhead of 8 mile lake and take advantage of this. With the NW Forest Pass, The Golden Eagle Pass etc you hang the pass on the window and the "ticketing agency" knows you're good to go. Will they be trained to recognize a military ID lying on your dashboard? Will you feel safe leaving your military ID lying on your dashboard?
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PostSun Nov 15, 2020 12:06 pm 
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schifferj wrote:
Will you feel safe leaving your military ID lying on your dashboard?

Don't do this.  Not a good idea at all.  Always keep your i.d. on your person or in a secure location.  I don't even feel comfortable leaving my Senior Pass on the dash.  ~z
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PostSun Nov 15, 2020 1:34 pm 
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up.gif  I have a December 10 appointment at the Department of Licensing to:

1. Get an Enhanced Drivers License
2. Add the Veteran Designation to my Drivers License, and
3. Get my corrective lenses restriction removed

I already have a Veteran ID Card from the Department of Veterans Affairs, but I try to minimize the number of cards I carry.

UPDATE: The Washington Post says veterans may get an America the Beautiful Pass for free by presenting a Veteran Health Identification Card, Veteran ID card or a Veteran-designated state ID.  Don't use your veteran ID as a pass.

"Veterans, including those who served in the National Guard and Reserve, can claim a free America the Beautiful Pass by presenting a valid Department of Defense Identification Card, Veteran Health Identification Card, Veteran ID card or a Veteran-designated state ID."
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