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Wounded Veterans Recreation Act

Floor Speech

Date: Nov. 16, 2020
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. Speaker, this bill, S. 327, requires the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture to make available, free of charge, a lifetime national parks and Federal recreation land pass to any veteran who has been found to have service-connected disabilities.

This builds upon the Secretary of the Interior's, Mr. Bernhardt's, recent Secretarial order which provided free park and public land passes to all U.S. veterans and Gold Star families. Providing free access to our Nation's veterans connects them to the treasured lands that they fought to protect.

Each year thousands of veterans will benefit by recreating on these public lands, and providing a park pass is a small token of gratitude to our Nation's cherished servicemen and -women. So I urge adoption of this measure, and I yield back the balance of my time.

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