Homefront Help: Free National Park Passes

June 14, 2012
By Rita Boland

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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