Senators introduce “Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of 2015”

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Veterans Recreation Bill Introduced

Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) reintroduced a bill January 8 to give veterans with service-related disabilities free lifetime parking at national recreation areas.

“Veterans who have fought and sacrificed to protect American land deserve the opportunity to enjoy it,” Sen. Shaheen said in a news release. “In New Hampshire we are lucky to have some of the most beautiful recreational space in the country.

“Men and women with a service-connected disability have earned lifetime access to these national treasures.”

The Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of 2015 would amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to expand an existing program, which currently only exists for veterans with a 100 percent disability rating from the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Under this bill, all veterans with service-related disabilities would receive a National Parks and Federal Recreational Pass.

“It is fitting that those who have defended our freedoms should have free access to our nation’s parks and recreational lands,” Sen. Collins said in the statement. “From Acadia and the Appalachians to Yosemite and everywhere in between, our bill would allow Veterans to more easily engage in outdoor activities, which have been shown to help heal both the visible and invisible wounds of war.”