Bill grants veterans lifetime entry to national parks

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A bill granting some veterans free entry into national parks was approved by the Senate on Monday.

The bill, called The Wounded Veterans Recreation Act, grant all veterans with service-connected disabilities free lifetime entry to America’s 419 national parks by amending the current eligibility standards for national park passes, granting the passes to millions more veterans. 

In order to qualify, veterans must have a 100% permanent disability with a disability rating through the Department of Veterans Affairs, reported News Center 1.

“Recreation in our national parks and public lands can be a valuable healing tool for veterans living with physical and emotional wounds as a result of their service,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont, a supporter of the bill.

“I’ll continue fighting to make sure our legislation crosses the finish line in Congress.”

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