Blog: Homefront Help: Free National Park Passes

June 14, 2012
By Rita Boland
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Through its America the Beautiful program, the National Park Service is offering free passes to military members and their dependents. The passes grant no-cost admission to federal recreation sites. Depending on how admission is charged at various facilities, the benefit allows pass owners and accompanying passengers in a single, noncommerical vehicle to enter the sites for free or for the pass owner and three persons age 16 and older to enter without paying a fee. No entry fee is charged for children under 15.

Eligible troops can claim their passes by presenting their military identifications at most federal lands that charge entrance fees. A list of sites by state that sell passes is available as well.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families, please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL's news editor.

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Are the free passes available to retired military and families as well as active duty?

Hi Richard,

Thank you for your query. The offer is only available to active-duty military members and activated Guard and Reserve troops.

If I run across a similar offer for veterans, I'll make sure to put up a post.

Cheers, Rita

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