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Old 12-01-2010, 01:41 PM   #1
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NPS Senior Pass

My wife just turned 62 and got her Senior Pass to the national parks. I'm sure a lot of you know this already, but it's only $10 and the pass is good for the rest of her life. You can get them at any national park entrance. Sure beats the $80/year annual parks pass!
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I had the old cardboard type. Last year when we entered the Arcadia Natl. Park in Maine, the attendant asked if we would like to update our card to a plastic kind. Sure, took about 10 seconds.

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It provides a discount at military camp areas as well.
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Heck of a deal, we sold a lot of them at Ft. Moultrie.
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Old 12-02-2010, 06:53 AM   #5
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The pass is also good for half price camping at NPS campgrounds, the COE CG's also gives the same discount and a lot of recreation areas do as well. Best bargin we have ever seen for $10.

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Got mine three years ago. One of the best investments I ever made. There are some good things about getting old.
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Got mine last year at Yellowstone, WOW what a deal.
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If you are a disabled camper, you can get a Golden Access pass, which is FREE.
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I have had mine so long I dont remember when I got it but money would not buy it back from me. It has saved me a fortune in camping costs....
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It provides a discount at military camp areas as well.
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Would I get the military discount even though I never served in any part of the military?

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I'd have to say no as you would most likely not be granted access to a military installation.

There are a few places one in Newport RI where civilians have set up an overnight stay in a non secured site (closed naval station unfenced but still controlled by the military) and not been booted out but I would not count on that happening very often (your getting access to a unsecured site).
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Would I get the military discount even though I never served in any part of the military?

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You could only get to use a military campground if you were sponsored by a military member. That would only be allowed at certain installations and is at the discretion of the installation commander. You would also pay full price plus a surcharge and would be asked to leave if the facility became full and a military member wanted a space.

It's one of the perks of serving our country in the military, and considering the sacrifices military members have to make on a daily basis, it would really be unfair to allow unfettered access to facilities paid for by military members through their morale, welfare and recreation funds to anyone who wanted to use them.
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It provides a discount at military camp areas as well.
This I did not know. Would a copy of one's DD 214 suffice for the discount and admittance to a military camp?

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Would a copy of one's DD 214 suffice for the discount and admittance to a military camp?
I'd have to guess it would not in that just about all the family camp grounds I've read about are for active duty or retired military personel with some that would allow Department Of Defense employee's.

The DD Form 214 is issued to all discharged military members regardless of their length of service, but please don't quote me on that, if in doubt call the particular location and ask.

Many of the family camp ground give active duty members priority over us retired types when it comes to use.
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