(BEDFORD) – Disabled veterans are eligible for a free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass.
Veterans Affairs Officer Brad Bough shared with the commissioners Tuesday morning that the pass is good for entry into 400 plus National Parks and more than 2,000 recreation sites across the country.
“They are free and easy to get,” he added. “It took me less than three minutes after I walked into the Hoosier National Forest Office, and I had my pass.”
The Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you for the service and sacrifices of veterans with disabilities.
The pass admits disabled veterans and any passengers in their vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas; and, the pass owner plus three additional adults where per-person fees are charged.
In addition to free entry at participating parks, the pass includes discounts on expanded amenity fees; such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and guided tours.
“After being in combat, there is nothing like the tranquility you find at the parks. It is second to none and now available to all disabled veterans,” Bough added.
Disabled veterans can visit the Hoosier National Forest office at 811 Constitution Avenue in Bedford to obtain free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass.
Veterans must present photo identification (e.g., Driver’s license, State ID, birth certificate, passport, or permanent resident card), provide documentation of permanent disability, or read and sign a Statement of Permanent Disability affidavit. That’s it. The pass is free and issued right then.