Disabled Veterans can get a free National Park Service Lifetime Access Pass

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Eligible veterans can get a free Lifetime National Parks Access Pass.

The Lifetime Access Pass is good for over 400 national Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country.

The Access Pass admits disabled Veterans and any passengers in their vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas. This does not include commercial vehicles.

The pass owner and three additional adults can get free entry at participating parks where per-person fees are charged.

The pass also includes discounts on camping, swimming, boat launching and guided tours.

To be eligible for the Lifetime Access Pass, veterans need to have a VA disability rating of 10 percent of higher.

Disabled Veterans can apply in person at a participating site by presenting a government photo ID and documentation proving a disability such as VA awards letter, summary of benefits, or receipt of Social Security disability income. The pass is free and issued immediately using this option.

Another way to apply is by mail which needs to include a completed packet and $10 processing fee to the United States Geological Survey. A completed packet includes the application form, proof of residency, proof of disability and takes between 10-12 weeks to be delivered after it is received.

Make sure to have photo ID available when using the Lifetime Access Pass and enjoy the many recreational opportunities the National Parks provide.

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