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Old 10-29-2020, 04:27 PM   #1
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Fees at national parks waived for veterans, Gold Star families starting next month

Just saw this today. My little contribution to the forum as a vet.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/p...ng-next-month/
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Thanks Bob, Welcome! Here is the official press release: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/tr...-free-entrance
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That is huge news.

Awesome!

Thanks you CIC!
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Excellent!
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Just saw this today. My little contribution to the forum as a vet.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/p...ng-next-month/

thx very much for posting this, bob.
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Old 10-31-2020, 02:53 PM   #6
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Think this will allow us to take our dependents in free with us, even though it it only says gold star families is this correct?
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Think this will allow us to take our dependents in free with us, even though it it only says gold star families is this correct?
I think any pass now gets the whole “carload” in ... probably the same for veterans. Just a guess.
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Note: my husband is a veteran, Vietnam era.

While this is nice, where is the offset revenue for the parks? Does anyone really think this will result in anything but even less funding to the parks? Folks, a $80 lifetime pass for 62 and older isn’t that much. And even for those under 62 it is only $80 a year for unlimited entry fees for a year. We bought one yearly for 20+ years. Our parks are being loved to death. I know we drop $20 into the container inside the visitor center for each one we go to. Who does the same?
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While this is nice, where is the offset revenue for the parks?

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Maybe the National Park Service could start with people on the tour busses. A bus at Yellowstone, for example, pays $300 to enter. Doesn't make any difference how many people are on the bus and it doesn’t matter if they are citizens. If there are 40 people on the bus, for example, that’s $7.50 each. Drive up to the Entry Gate without any kind of pass and you’ll pay significantly more. Many on the busses, as you might expect, have contributed nothing to this country in the form of military service or anything else. Perhaps more revenue can be collected from those on the busses.
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Thanks for the good news for vets.

FYI. A few years ago I got a disabled vetern life time pass that gave me free access anyone in the vechile plus 1/2 price camping. All I did was show my VA I'd card which shows I have a service related disability. Any percentage of disability qualifies.

The pass gives me the same benefits as the senior lifetime pass.
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Thanks for the good news for vets.

FYI. A few years ago I got a disabled vetern life time pass that gave me free access anyone in the vechile plus 1/2 price camping. All I did was show my VA I'd card which shows I have a service related disability. Any percentage of disability qualifies.

The pass gives me the same benefits as the senior lifetime pass.
Yep...few years ago went to local national monument and while there I was going to renew our park pass.
Ranger asked if I was a Veteran....showed him my VA Medical ID with SCD
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So, this says Fees waived for Entrance and standard amenity recreation fees

Any Idea what Standard Amenity Fees are? Does that mean camping for free?
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So, this says Fees waived for Entrance and standard amenity recreation fees

Any Idea what Standard Amenity Fees are? Does that mean camping for free?
Same thing as a resort fee

No it is not free camping or anything else for free. It is an additional charge. This does not apply to concessionaire-operated facilities, only those operated by the NPS.
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Thanks Ray, Yeah I have a local lake that has a campground I think it AOE and run by a concession company..
They dont honor any of the discounts.
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