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Free LIFETIME Entrance to National Parks for Veterans & Gold Star Families

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Big thanks to @kaspily for sharing the news out on the ORP Facebook Group! This is an excellent and long-overdue program.




Long story short:

Veterans and Gold Star Families receive free lifetime access. Currently, they can receive a Military pass that is valid for one year. By the end of 2022, they will be able to acquire a free lifetime pass.


Who Qualifies?

Veterans: In national parks that charge an entrance fee, a veteran will need to present one of the following forms of identification to receive a free Interagency Military Pass: 

  • Department of Defense Identification Card (non-expired CAC Card) 
  • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) 
  • Veteran ID Card 
  • Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card


Gold Star Families: 

Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the US Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the US Armed Forces. Eligibility requirements are in section 3.2 of Department of Defense Instruction 1348.36.


Where Can You Use It?

The program waives entrance or standard amenity fees for the following agencies: 

  • National Park Service
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • US Forest Service
  • US Army Corps of Engineers


Get the official skinny here: 



Edited by 4x4tographer
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