S. 617, The Veterans Eagle Parks Pass Act (2 comments ↓)

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S. 617 would make the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass available at a discount to certain veterans.

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July 31, 2008, 6:46am (report abuse)

"The legislation would require the

Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture to make the National Parks and Federal

Recreational Lands Pass available at a cost of $10 to any veteran separated from military

service under conditions other than dishonorable" - KATHERINE H. STEVENSON, N.P.S.

I'm not sure how this saves taxpayers any money, other than taxpaying Veterans.

It is a nice gesture for Veterans. Something about it rubs me a weird way though.

NPS & the Forest Service are always hurting for funds - when I worked in Kings Canyon Sequoia NP on a volunteer trail maintenance crew, the Park Directors almost withdrew the back country rangers, to keep money in the front country for busting drug cartel squatting pot farmers.


July 31, 2008, 6:48am (report abuse)

...They didn't, which is good, because a father of two would have died in front of me (and similarly dozens of others who get hurt, sick or lost every year.) This is what the Parks & Forests squabble over every budget year, after the vast lion's share goes to the bloated Fire services.

Do some real oversight & auditing of the Forest Service (and its deep lumber ties - sometimes they sell the trees for half the price of surveying & building the roads to reach them), before bleeding the Parks' few income sources.

We should also be equals on our most 'natural' lands - flat rate. If you want to improve military personnels' lives, fix the VA & drop the stop-loss.

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