Editor’s note: this blog was updated Sept. 30, 2020.

Spring flowers are blooming, the summer travel season quickly approaches and Veterans are joining the 330-million yearly visitors enjoying U.S. National Parks.

Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal recreation lands and national parks for free with an America the Beautiful-the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands lifetime Access Pass through an interagency partnership between the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. Good for entry into thousands of federally managed recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you for the service and sacrifices of U. S. Veterans with disabilities.                 

Camping under the stars – Credit NPS / Emily Ogden

Camping under the stars – Credit NPS / Emily Ogden                         

The Access Pass admits the pass owner and any passengers in a single, private vehicle (non-commercial) at per-vehicle entrance and day use fee areas; or, the pass owner plus three additional adults where per-person fees are charged. In addition to free entry at participating sites, the Access Pass includes discounts on some expanded amenity fees such as camping.  Sites recommend that pass owners check with each site before visiting for details about Access Pass entry and discounts.

Veterans who have been medically determined to have a disability are eligible for the Lifetime Access Pass—with three options for obtaining the pass:

First, Veterans with disability documentation can order the Access Pass online for a $10 processing fee which includes standard shipping. Documentation required includes:

  • Proof of residency
  • VA disability award letter, VA summary of benefits, or proof of SSDI income

Second, the Interagency Access Pass may be obtained through the mail. Download a paper application from https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass. Follow the instructions on the website and pay the document processing fee of $10.  Once the application package is received by USGS, the documentation will be verified and a pass imprinted with the pass owner’s name will be mailed to the applicant.

Passes ordered online or through the mail will be delivered 3 to 4 weeks after receipt of documentation and processing payment.

A third option is for disabled Veterans to visit a participating federal recreation site where interagency passes are issued, 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 at the time of entry.

Make sure to have photo ID available when using your Lifetime Access Pass and enjoy the majestic scenery and abundant recreational opportunities our National Parks provide. For additional questions regarding the pass, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions.

If Veterans feel they were incorrectly denied a pass, they may request to speak to the fee program supervisor on duty or submit an application for the pass at https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass.

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215 Comments

  1. Brian Andrus June 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Ken and Bridgette at the Pfeifer Beach in Los Padres National Forest refused to honor my Veteran Pass. Said they were specifically told they do not allow ANY passes by the folks at Parks Management Company. What is the deal there?

    • Rickb June 17, 2019 at 10:04 am

      I think something is going wrong. Every campsite in Daniel Boon national PK is not honoring the Access passes 50% off!! Turns out the park service is hireing out third parties and the best they would give me is $9 off of camping there with my pass. Then they charge a separate $11 for electricity. What a scam. We stick our necks out for them and they won’t give us our benefit?? What’s going on here??

  2. John W Morrison May 30, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Part of my 80% rating is tinnitus. Pretty permanent and not an outwardly visible disability.

  3. Edwin Roman May 30, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Several years ago I obtained my disabled veteran permanent pass, however after a recent vehicle crash I lost my pass. In order to obtain a replacement, will I need to reapply?

    • Cynthia S June 18, 2019 at 3:41 pm

      FYI I’ve been able to go into ANY national park and get a new Access Pass with just my WORD…before I ever saw this article and before I gained my 100% disability from the VA

  4. james G money May 30, 2019 at 8:18 am

    I am 100% Disabled, service connected, and I would like to know where I get the DD Form 2765 for flying aboard
    SpaceA. Can anyone help. Thanks, Jim

    • Matt Lafontaine May 30, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Google form DD2765. You should be able to find a pdf version.

  5. Celia MAHER May 29, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Gosh, am shocked at some of the e-mails; service connected disabilities deserve special benefits as do senior citizens. It’s very simple folks:

    1. If you are 62 you are eligible for a lifetime access pass to our NATIONAL PARKS (NOT State Parks) for a very small fee-use to be $10.00 but Congress raised it recently to approx. $25.00. (age may have also been slightly raised).

    2. As for the disabled Veteran National Parks Access Pass, you can get it in person at any NATIONAL Park that charges an Access Fee. Note: This Pass does not work at State Parks-it is only valid at National Parks and Monuments. You have to check with your State VA services to see if a special access pass is offered for your State Parks and Recreation Services. State Parks are hard up for $$$ so there may not be any discounts available.
    3. If you don’t live near a National Park that charges access fees, you will have to apply through the mail and pay $10.00 processing fee. If you don’t visit National Parks, then why bother to get this? If you do visit National Parks and don’t want to pay a $10.00 processing fee, then wait until you visit a National park and get it in person. Bring your disability letter from VA benefits office to prove your disability rating and your driver’s license.

    • William Kim Roehrig June 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      The 10% disability rating mentioned in your email as qualifying for the free parks pass is not accurate per the personnel at the Baldwin Michigan District Forest Service office. I was just now informed they require a 30% rating.
      Also: I see another comment on here about buying a lifetime pass at the age of 62 or older. The correct cost of this pass is $80.

  6. Tricia May 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    This is seems so misleading. I am an over 50% disabled vet but I am NOT permanently disabled. This application is for permanently disabled vets. The application cleared describes this and the applicant signs stating this are permanently disabled. Since I am not permanently disabled I cannot benefit from the program.

  7. Robert B May 28, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    HEADS UP!!!! So, I’m rated at 20%. Took my paperwork stating so. Drove up to the gates to the Grand Canyon and the park lady says, “ that’s not accurate. We don’t care about your percentage. It’s only if you have a serious disability preventing you from one or more major life activity.”
    I was like…. uh, I got my paperwork from the VA here and the VA website said that if I brought it…..
    The lady cuts me off…. “I’ll give it to you, but that’s wrong.”
    I was like ???? This lady’s a total “B”…. Thanks for the pass……
    So just BEWARE I was told by the Grand Canyon park service, they don’t care about your disability rating!!!!!

  8. Disabled Veteran May 28, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Why is there Algebra?
    Solve : *
    30 ⁄ 10 =

    How do you solve it? 20/20 means 20/20 in vision.
    10/30 Rule means Blood transfusion under 10.0 Hematocrit and 30% Hemoglobin

    Now if we are talking the VA, yea they will make 30% = only 10%

    Nat’l Parks Please. Its hard enough to just shower, let alone get groceries.
    But at 100% Im suppose to Park Hopping? Hah!

  9. Stanley Fisher or May 28, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Golden Pass for over 62? And Veteran’s Natl. Park pass a 10% disability? Can this pass be picked up at our local Veteran’s Advocate office?

  10. JJ May 28, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Good to know this. I think I had already heard something about it but never gave it much thought. I’ll be retiring soon, so any freebies I can get in my travels (as a ret vet w/ %-connection for my back) when I do call it a career will be very much welcome. Thanks for the heads up and regards to all fellow vets out there.

    • TSgt Mark McLemore USAF Retired May 30, 2019 at 11:07 am

      Unfortunately, No! You have to go to the National Park and present DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ID CARD with annotations of your VA Disability Rating or your Award Letter outlining your Disability Rating. You also can mail in the form with proper supporting documents. However, expect a minimum of 12 weeks for pass to arrive.

  11. Nathaniel Shackelford May 27, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I would like to know where are some of the places in Kansas that I can use this because I live in Kansas

  12. Tom Blaise May 27, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Is there some where I can go to find a list of recreation sites that are on the list for free access?

    • Stanley Fisher or May 28, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Yes, please list the FREE recreation sites Nation wide. Thanks

      • Wiechmann Ronald May 29, 2019 at 12:38 pm

        The article contained a link to a list of all the national parks by state.

  13. Glen May 27, 2019 at 12:08 am

    This is a nice benefit and I have already taken advantage of it. The crooked San Diego property tax Assessor gave me a reduction for a 100% disability rating, as required, but somehow, the very next year, my property tax “assessment tax” amount, went Up by the very Same amount of the difference.

  14. Christopher Belson May 25, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Picked mine up today, thanks for the head’s up.

    Also, if you are in Washington State, they have a similar pass for veterans with a service connected disability of 30% or more. This one also comes with free camping/moorage and campsite reservations through the state system, watercraft launching, trailer dump and day-use entry, as well.
    For further details:
    https://parks.state.wa.us/205/Passes

  15. Tim Morales May 25, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    I went to Channel Islands National Park in Ventura, CA and they do not issue the free pass. A park Ranger stated only fee charging parks will issue the pass and non-fee charging parks do not issue the pass. Since, Channel Islands National Park is a non-fee charging park they do not issue the pass. Therefore, according to the Park Ranger only go to fee charging National Parks to get the free pass.

  16. Mathieson May 25, 2019 at 1:29 pm

    So I went to my nearby National Battlefield Park in Manassas VA today, Memorial Day weekend to get a lifetime pass. Come to find out that one of the largest National parks in the Washington DC doesn’t issue the passes. The ranger saying, “everything is free here”. True, but what about the discounts in the store and such. They no longer charge at this park, which seems they might want to again, at least for yearly passes to help pay for running the place. So they tell me to mail in an application, which I really don’t want to do, adding in more IDs, plus a $10 fee. I did bring out my VA letter showing 100% disability. Seems the Superintendent at this park needs to get his act together and help vets, vs having his Rangers sending disabled vets to another park far way on a holiday weekend. The White House should see to it that all parks, that have a staff on site, at a welcome desk, issue these. In fact they said they used to a few years ago. So why did they stop. Who knows. I had a couple of rangers there telling me they couldn’t help. Seems like they have the personnel to do this.

    • Daniel Mcnece June 11, 2019 at 11:11 pm

      I live near Manassas too. Try going to Great Falls near McLean, just north of Tysons area. I’m about to do it myself. Just don’t go Tuesdays. Found out last week the entry office is closed on Tuesdays, so it’s a free entry day.

    • Daniel Mcnece June 12, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Never mind Great Falls. I went today and the front entry was closed again. They have water issues and because they can’t provide normal services, they left it open/free entry. I was told to try Shenandoah National Park near Front Royal, as they should always be open and available.

    • Daniel Mcnece June 17, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Ended up going to Shenandoah National Park to get the pass. Few seconds at the gate at Front Royal and in we went.

  17. Christopher Beasley May 25, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    This is a great benefit for BLIND and PERMANENTLY DISABLED Veterans. The language in the application is clear. https://store.usgs.gov/s3fs-public/access_pass_application.pdf

    Keywords in the application…”result of blindness or permanent disability. If you look closely at your VA disability rating and Benefit Summary, it should tell you whether you have a permanent disability or not. Even if you are well over the 10% minimum for the Access Pass, the VA may not have determined you have permanent disability. Please verify this before applying otherwise you may be fraudulently receiving a benefit intended for those who truly need it.

    From the application….”A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration, which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of blindness or permanent disability. Other acceptable Federal agency documents include proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI);”

  18. Carolyn King May 25, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Misleading title on the email announcing free national park access, not mentioning it is for the disabled vets only, until we read the article.  Click bait I hear that is called.

    • tonygreene113 May 28, 2019 at 10:17 am

      There are no more participation trophies in a #MAGA America.

    • Chris FitZ June 8, 2019 at 1:24 am

      You obviously didn’t read the title OR the article, as it was clear through both who this was aimed at.

  19. LORENE GROVES May 24, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    does free pass also apply to the spouse of a 100% disabled vet who is deceased?

  20. David Cordova May 24, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    I just purchase a year pass, is there any way to get the fee refunded and get this instead? I just found out about this today.

  21. CPT America May 24, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    “Let me understand this. Because I don’t have a service connected disability, my status as a Veteran is less important than someone who unfortunately has a service connected disability.”

    No, it is given to the subset of veterans who have service connected disabilities. Your status as a veteran isn’t less important, it’s because you don’t have a service connected disability. I would gladly give up my benefits to get the last 5 years of my life back where as a 30 year old I can’t drive or bathe myself. Count your blessings.

  22. Lowell K Gregory May 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I signed up for a free access pass a couple of years ago and received a “AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL’ pass. It allows free entry to all National Parks and now I’m wondering if it is the same and if the name changed.

  23. Kenneth Binkley May 24, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Don’t like my comment… so you remove it.. ? the VA sucks!

    • tonygreene113 May 28, 2019 at 10:21 am

      This is what deep state types l eft over from the obummer years do.

  24. Kenneth Binkley May 24, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Just Fine… unless the F’ing VA doesn’t take away your 38 yr old service connected disability rating…. Dishonest Jerks!

  25. Robert J Ahles May 24, 2019 at 11:49 am

    How many of you veterans applied for this free pass and signed the application stating that you had an “impairment that severely limits one or more major life activities”. “Major life activities include functions such as: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, etc.” I am a Vietnam combat wounded veteran that has only a 10% disability rating and could not honestly sign that statement.

    • D May 24, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Then why are you receiving 10% if nothing is wrong?

      • Robert J Ahles May 29, 2019 at 8:33 am

        Because I was wounded in Vietnam and have a Purple Heart. No PTSD!

    • Anthony Julian May 24, 2019 at 5:25 pm

      That is for the licensed physician statement. there is an OR for Vets in the second bullet point.
      A document issued by a Federal agency, such as the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration, which attests that
      you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits

    • Christopher Belson May 25, 2019 at 11:16 pm

      I applied in person and didn’t have to fill out or sign a form.
      The ranger who issued it to me asked me nothing similar, only what I did in the service.
      Heaven knows the gov’t used, and often abused, some of the best years of our lives. If years later, the VA and Park Service agree that we’re eligible for and want to give us a free pass to see the most beautiful parts of the country that we served to protect, then why turn it down?
      I mean, you’re free to reject it, of course, but you could just stuff some money into the the park’s donation box instead of giving it to the ranger at the park gate and keep the line moving. :)

    • Paco Loco May 26, 2019 at 10:48 am

      Why are you worried about others, are you a VA doctor? If you didnt want to sign it then thats you, why worry about other people, stay in your lane and mind your own business! Why is it so hard for some of you to do that?

    • Robert W Voll May 26, 2019 at 6:43 pm

      Robert, Seems to me that if your impairment limits your normal activities sometimes, perhaps not all the time, you would not be wrong if you signed the statement. After all, your disability is for 10%, not 100%. For instance, you may have injured your back while in the military. You have good days and you have bad days. Some days you can’t tie your shoe laces, for example, or walk to the parking lot with a grocery bag, or pick up your grand baby because of your disability, while on other days you do ok. This is the way I look at it.

    • AL May 27, 2019 at 1:04 am

      Have no problem doing it. 40% rating here.

    • Frank S. Calenda May 27, 2019 at 7:03 am

      A 10% disability rating can cover a multitude of problems. Your desire not to apply for this pass is commendable in your own right, but for many others it may be a blessing. Senior Citizens can also get a pass for only being Senior Citizens. I hope your note doesn’t discourage other 10%’ers from accepting this valuable offer from our government, Someone must have thought it was worth it or they never would have offered it..

    • Abby Albert Scicchitano May 28, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      And I’m thankful you’re honest and you should be proud that you are. I myself have been 100% connected from leaving the discharge shack, yet lest I judge or call out anybody else with a disability to deal with in their life. Every situation is different and it is none of my concern or my business to think or overthink about, nor yours sir. Nobody but that person can say what their body feels like or what trauma fosters in their mind. I was told as a child and I live up to it everyday “Don’t worry about anybody else’s personal business, worry about yourself”. Yet I will help anyone and I care, anything else would constitute a jealousy or narcissistic behavior as that they aren’t entitled to what they get or have because to you you don’t see any disability in them. No disrespect and I wish you peace within. Be kind to others because I don’t want to go back to being a combat medic. And I hope that nobody would commit fraud to that extent for a free pass to a park. Good day.

  26. Debra A Schoonover May 24, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I got mine on a trip to Phoenix in Nov 2015. Took the trip when living in FL for a NASCAR race and had an entire day free before. My younger brother was with me and we decided to drive up to the Grand Canyon. Price would have been quite a bit, but saw the post on the guard shack about this pass and got mine right there. Now, I love my NASCAR…have been to dozens of races from Miami to Phoenix to NH and never miss one on TV…..BUT that trip was worth the Grand Canyon ALONE!

  27. Tony Gatlin May 24, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I got my disabled Access Pass at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge without a problem. The first place I tried to use it was Clear Creek in Bankhead Forrest in Alabama. They would not accept it and had to pay $6 to get in. The Access Passes are even offered on Clear Creek’s website.

  28. David Sunkle May 24, 2019 at 10:29 am

    ME TOO.

  29. David Sunkle May 24, 2019 at 10:23 am

    YES I AM A RETIRED U.S.NAVY VETERAN MMCS I AM 70 % DISABLED RIGHT NOW. STILL WAITING FOR MY 100% DISABILITY FOR AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE for SHIP STATIONED IN THE GULF. 1967 to 1971 THANK YOU.

    • L chester May 24, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      I have has been waiting since 2004 for agent Orange disability. You think i will ever get it? A navy vietnam veteran.

    • tonygreene113 May 28, 2019 at 10:25 am

      I’m a 100% p/t vetera. Started fighting for service connected disability after 17 years separated from service.
      Every bit helps.

  30. Gregory Gilmont May 24, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Unable to download pass maybe email?

  31. Lawrence Kmet May 24, 2019 at 9:33 am

    I have been trying for several days to download the PDF application and keep getting the same response, ”
    Can’t connect securely to this page
    This might be because the site uses outdated or unsafe TLS security settings. If this keeps happening, try contacting the website’s owner.
    Try this:
    Go back to the last page”
    Any ideas on how I can obtain the form? Thanks

    • Anthony Julian May 24, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      It must be an issue with your internet browser. I was able to download with Firefox (67.0) and Chrome (74.9.3729.169)

    • hazelbelle May 27, 2019 at 9:31 am

      I wouldn’t apply for this pass online. There is a $10 processing fee. Just wait till you go to a location that has a fee to enter. If it is a federal recreational area that charges a fee, they should have those passes there also. Just get it then. It takes about 30 seconds to process. You do not have to show proof of disability but you may be asked to sign an document stating you have a disability (honor system). This pass is not exclusive to veterans. It is a pass for ANY disabled citizen or permanent resident of the US. It is a lifetime pass and is only issued to the one with the disability but anyone in the vehicle with that individual does get into the area under that pass.

    • Abby Albert Scicchitano May 28, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Sir I salute your comment and your thinking.

  32. Karlene Huckman May 24, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Mail I mail the application packet with a check payment rather than filling out the credit card information?

    • Andrew May 24, 2019 at 11:12 am

      Just called the number on the form. Yes you can send a check instead of putting a CC # on the form.

  33. William Huggins May 24, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Did anyone else notice that there are only 58 national parks in the USA? We’ll see if a 10% disability qualifies…

    • DAVID L PATNEAU May 24, 2019 at 7:37 am

      I’m one of the few which chose to receive my disability compensation through the US Army/ PDRL and DFAS rather than the VA. (Army Pensions are guaranteed during government shutdowns). Thought it was a good idea at the time. How’s it work for us?

    • Karen Katus May 24, 2019 at 9:42 am

      The passes provide entrance or access to more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites. This is an interagency pass and includes Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers sites, in addition to the National Parks and monuments.

      Yes, a 10% disability should qualify.

      • Kristina Clark May 25, 2019 at 3:35 pm

        Thank you for the extra information, it is very helpful.

    • Chris Bramblett May 24, 2019 at 10:18 am

      As far a true “National Parks”, such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, etc. then there are 61. If you speak about the entire National Park System, which includes Monument, Memorials, Seashores, Lakeshores, Recreation Areas, Preserves, Historic Sites, Military Parks, etc, then there are 419.

  34. Jimmy E. Winberry May 23, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    I would like to have an application by mail. I am a retired Marine Corp Veteran of 24 years service. I am rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Administration. I am a real novice when it comes to computers and not comfortable doing much of anything via the Web.
    Jimmy E. Winberry (redacted)

    • Sue McCormick May 27, 2019 at 12:44 pm

      If you have a Forrest Service Office in your area, go there with your paperwork showing your disability rating and they will issue you one right then and there for free.

  35. Israel Zavala May 23, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Waaaaa!Waaaaa! Bunch of cry babies crying over not having the same benefits as a disabled vet. Hey! how about I donate my pass to ya’ll whining babies. I am 100% disabled and I still donate money every time I enter a park. STOP your crying. The pass is for soldiers injured in combat and their spouses and immediate family members. I’m sure you can get a discount for your time served in the military and probably you didn’t even deploy. I would trade my injuries and suffering pain for your good health. If my pass keeps people like you from whinnying and comparing your service to my combat injuries. You can have my pass.
    100% Disabled
    Desert Storm
    OIF
    OEF

  36. Sherice Kral May 23, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Am I missing something? I’m filling out the application but it’s saying there’s a $10 charge. The email I got from VA news stated that this was free for disabled vets.

    • Gary Hicks May 24, 2019 at 7:09 am

      I believe it is free if you apply in person, but a $10 processing fee if you mail in an application.

    • Chris Bramblett May 24, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Yes, If you apply on the website or by mail there is a 10 dollar processing fee for all America the Beautiful Passes which includes access to 6 federal land agency locations, (National Parks, US Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Army Corp of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, and Bureau of Reclamation).

    • Sue McCormick May 27, 2019 at 12:45 pm

      Go to a Forrest Service Office – it’s free, fast, and easy.

  37. Belinda May 23, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Actually just because you live to 62 does not mean you get it free it is $80. So I’d appreciate you getting your facts straight. And the difference in a disabled that and a vet is for me anyway the vent goes out and he gets him another job and he works and he lives his life a disabled vet probably does not get to work as much as a a veteran. I don’t care if you are a vet disabled or retired I don’t care if you were a vet and you left this country and your family to go somewhere else then you deserve a free lifetime pass no big deal. And somebody needs to put it in front of Congress if that’s what it takes. We can give free to everything that comes in this country we can give our vets a free pass for their families

    • Will Gonzalez May 24, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Belinda,

      It appears you are a very angry person.You don’t articulate your message very clearly. It’s my believe that the vets posting here are attempting to help one another. Your type of messaging does not belong in this forum….my thought

    • Wanda Williams May 24, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      WOW We can give free to everything that comes in this country we can give our vets a free pass for their families
      I’ll bet “illegals” get anything they want **FREE** including this benefit or all else democraps will have another sissy convulsion, duh!!! **”imagine that here in the united states of north mexico!!!!

    • PEGGY MILLER May 25, 2019 at 7:53 am

      I got my free ‘Senior’ park pass about 2 years ago at the US Forestry office in Fresno, CA. As I recall the ‘free’ pass was going to start having a fee. That was what motivated me to find the office and get my age related pass. The process took less than an hour.

    • Bob Born May 28, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      Not $80 for seniors… I went with my Dad. His was free lifetime pass for over 62! Eat those facts, jack!

  38. Danny Murphy May 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    In Pocatello, Idaho please come to the Forest Service office at 4350 Cliffs Drive instead of the BLM/Department of the Interior, and I can help you out.

  39. Doris A Reeves May 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    It is all national parks and monuments . You can visit national parks website to find these.

  40. Karen Katus May 23, 2019 at 5:10 pm

    There is some misinformation in the article and the comments. For complete information on the pass, please follow the following links:

    Access Pass Frequently Asked Questions: https://store.usgs.gov/faq#Access-Pass
    List of sites that issue the Access Pass: https://store.usgs.gov/s3fs-public/PassIssuanceList.pdf
    Link to where you can order the Access Pass online: https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass

  41. Tom Gibbons May 23, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I got mine today at Johnson’s Beach National Seashore, Perdido Key, FL Showed my VA card and that was it. Got my card and on my way in less than two minutes.

  42. Kevin Schindler May 23, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    What is the address to send the application to?

    • Andrea Morris May 23, 2019 at 3:23 pm

      USGS Attn: Access Pass Box 25286
      fedrecpass@usgs.gov 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747)
      Denver, CO 80225

    • James Carey May 23, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Hello Kevin:

      Download the PDF application form. Get it here:
      https://store.usgs.gov/s3fs-public/access_pass_application.pdf

      Look on the bottom of page 2 of the application form for the address. It is:
      Send your completed Application to:
      USGS
      Attn: Access Pass
      Box 25286
      Denver, CO 80225

      Questions:
      fedrecpass@usgs.gov
      1-888-ASK-USGS
      (1-888-275-8747)

      I will say though that from reading the article, it looks to me to be a lot easier to get it at a National Park.

    • Kevan R Loy May 23, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      USGS
      Attn: Access Pass
      Box 25286
      Denver, CO 80225

      fedrecpass@usgs.gov
      1-888-ASK-USGS
      (1-888-275-8747)

    • Mike Johnson May 23, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      It’s in the application.

    • Hoke May 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm

      Kevin, READ THE FORM! IT says IN BOLD where to send the completed application to. C’mon were all vets here and can follow instructions right?

      • Sam Shwartz May 24, 2019 at 10:28 am

        Hey … he might be blind; you don’t know. Lighten up!!!

    • Harry Young Jr May 23, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      In the above paragraph that reads:
      Second, if applying by mail, send a completed packet and $10 processing fee to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The packet should include:
      The Access Pass application form
      Proof of residency
      VA disability award letter, VA summary of benefits, or proof of SSDI income

      Click on the “The Access Pass application form” nit is a hyperlink to the form and the form has the directions and address.

    • Russell J Gamel May 23, 2019 at 8:04 pm
    • Louis J Cannaliato May 23, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      address is on the form

    • RL Alsbury May 23, 2019 at 11:02 pm

      The address is on the application.
      USGS
      Attn: Access Pass
      Box 25286
      Denver, CO 80225

  43. Kevin Schindler May 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    What is the address you mail an application to?

  44. Jack Klesert May 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I am receiving a non-service connected pension from the V.A., and have a 10% rating (which pays less than the non-service connected pension). Twice, I had filed for service connection with the V.A. for my legs, but was turned down (while in the U.S. Army, I had one bad jump from an airplane, fell off a telephone pole as a field wireman, and fell down a flight of stairs, all in the same month). I do have a permanent handicap license plate on my pickup truck. Will I qualify for the free pass?

  45. VeteranWhoReallyWorks May 23, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    It is mind boggling what a great service this is yet people are complaining. I am a Desert Storm Veteran, non-combat with service connection. Please stop complaining. It is embarrassing.

    • . May 23, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      Amen.

    • Sue McCormick May 27, 2019 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you – I was thinking the same thing! Anyone who doesn’t want to pay the $10 processing fee, just go to a National Park or the Forrest Service Office near you – it’s FREE there.

  46. Mike Fournier May 23, 2019 at 12:26 pm

    You still have to pay to go to Rushmore. How they do it is that they charge you for parking. Total BS on that one.

    • PJT May 23, 2019 at 2:13 pm

      Just went to MR last week…military did not have to pay for parking. When leaving the lot the kiosk has option to select military.

    • Russell J Gamel May 23, 2019 at 7:53 pm

      We experienced that too, and it pissed me off. The parking fee was their excuse. I showed her my lifetime pass, and she said “You cannot use that here.” It is ridiculous and disrespectful!!

      • Jenn Griffith May 25, 2019 at 6:21 pm

        I just feel they are uneducated about their S.O.P. Smh. Or just being totally ignorant. If I printed it off they can’t say anything to me.

    • Sue McCormick May 27, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      If you read the instructions, you have to pay for parking at some monuments because the are NOT run by the National Park Service, they are private contractors. It doesn’t cost that much anyway. Be thankful you have a free pass, it’s not something that everyone can get. Quit complaining.

  47. James W. Putnam May 23, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    I went to the Grand Canyon in July of 2017. When we entered the gate to the park, I asked for my Golden Access Pass. The Park Ranger on duty was condescending and extremely rude. She demanded information on my disability rating and seemed to focus on whether I was 100% disabled. I displayed my retired military ID, my VA ID card and I asked her if she was having a bad day! She, reluctantly handed me the pass and told me I must sign it. She then handed me a permanent marker and scoffed at me when I couldn’t get the cap off to sign with it. Because it had a retractable spring point! I don’t why she was so cross or it bothered me so much. I just don’t believe people should be in positions of authority without some kind of background check for sociopathic behavior and a false sense of superiority over the less fortunate. Personally, I feel proud to have served my country and sympathy for those who were unable or unwilling to serve. Additionally, anyone having served in the military for at least one full term of obligation and received an Honorable Discharge, should receive access to National Parks. The percentage of veterans to total population is negligible.

    • Mau Califa May 23, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      I completed understand what you went through, what I do in case I would ask for her Name and ID and the name of her supervisor, putting she/he on its place.

      • Wanda Williams May 24, 2019 at 2:35 pm

        WOW We can give free to everything that comes in this country we can give our vets a free pass for their families
        I’ll bet “illegals” get anything they want **FREE** including this benefit or all else democraps will have another sissy convulsion, duh!!! **”imagine that here in the united states of north mexico!!!!

    • Russell J Gamel May 23, 2019 at 7:55 pm

      There is a system in place for this, and we cannot just drive up to a park entrance expecting free admission.

    • Barry Litchfield May 23, 2019 at 9:13 pm

      Less than 1% of the US population are military veterans.

      • Mike May 24, 2019 at 4:51 pm

        No, less than 1% of the current population are active veterans, a little over 7% of the current population are veterans.

        • Ken June 19, 2019 at 10:22 am

          the term active veterans is incorrect. they are active military & become veterans after they leave military service.

        • ken kern June 20, 2019 at 12:17 am

          active military not active veterans. they become veterans after they leave military service.

  48. CMAlex May 23, 2019 at 11:41 am

    I was told at the visitor center that I had to be 100% disabled to qualify for the pass. I’m at 40% (30% above the quoted 10%). Who said 10% was the minimum requirement? Maybe that person can explain to the actual park rangers at the visitor center that they need to read up on all things VA?

    • Andrea Morris May 23, 2019 at 3:30 pm

      I am a disabled Vet. However I also work in Federal Government first the VA and now FS. Perhaps the VA and other federal agencies should try communicating with each other before they change another agencies policy. This was not always the existing policy with the passes so I could see how several agencies would be caught off guard with the VA just changing the rules without letting them know. On the flip side I always wondered why they had free Active Duty passes and not something for Veterans.

      • Sue McCormick May 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm

        I’ve had mine for over 20 years, so this is NOT a new program. It sounds more like people who have chips on their shoulders and don’t want to do their jobs and help people who are eligible for it. I know that when my original one was replaced by a newer one, the person at the Badlands National Park, simply explained to me that it needed to be replaced and gave me a new one on the spot.

    • Jones Mike May 23, 2019 at 3:39 pm

      The site says ( does not have to be 100% )

    • Harry Young Jr May 23, 2019 at 7:38 pm

      In the second paragraph above that reads:

      Many Veterans, with a service connected disability rating, are entering Federal parks for free with the Lifetime National Parks Access Pass from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Good for entry into 400+ National Parks and over 2,000 recreation sites across the country, the Lifetime Access Pass is another way a grateful nation says thank you for the service and sacrifices of Veterans with disabilities.

      Click on Lifetime National Parks Access Pass, it is a hyperlink that will open the ACCESS PASS FAQ.
      Scroll Down-
      Who qualifies for the Access Pass?
      The Access Pass may be issued to U.S. citizens or permanent residents of any age that have been medically determined to have a permanent disability (does not have to be a 100% disability) that severely limits one or more major life activities.

      A permanent disability is a permanent physical, mental, or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working.

    • Kaitlyn Raine May 23, 2019 at 7:56 pm

      I was told in Cedar Hill, TX that it had to be 60%. Has the percentage changed recently or is this typo? Thanks!

    • Stephen Sumner May 24, 2019 at 6:01 am

      I am curious too. I emailed the National Parks and they told me permanent disability. Is that permanent 100% or a permanent disability of 10% and higher…

  49. Elizabeth Holmes May 23, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I am a legally blind veteran, is it possible to receive the application in the mail? Also in large print. I have all the necessary paperwork and I am eager to visit these parks.
    Thank you

  50. Lisa Bourne May 23, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Good morning, Mr. Clipp. I am the acting Business Manager for the Interagency Pass Program, including the lifetime Access Pass. I appreciate you sharing information with your followers but ask that your links go directly to the USGS Store FAQs and/or specific information about the Access Pass. Information changes at times and we want to ensure your viewers have accurate information and one place to go to for questions and answers about the Access Pass and any other interagency pass we offer.

    Here is the link to the FAQs related to all interagency passes: https://store.usgs.gov/faq

    Link to sites that issue and accept the Access Pass: https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes

    If you have any questions, please contact me at Lisa_Bourne@nps.gov or my colleague Traci_Kolc@nps.gov

    Thank you for your support of our federal recreation lands.

  51. Allan F Demorest May 23, 2019 at 11:08 am

    I have a Golden Age Passport. Do I need this also. I got it when they first came out.

  52. Sandra Lee Anderson May 23, 2019 at 11:03 am

    I am a widow of a disabled veteran (100%). Can I apply for this pass?

  53. Jason fell May 23, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Again like most government bureaucracies you must jump through hoops. Why not just file for the pass online using your VA ID card info and let the government employee who receives it verify the information on the multi million dollar computer system they just purchased.

  54. Daniel Wade Davis May 23, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Can we get this pass at our local veterans service office?

    • Josh Ellis May 23, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      You should be able to go to any National Park and they should give it to you at the entrance. I went to the fort in Puerto Rico while on a cruise,I didn’t know about the card at the time, showed my VA ID to get the veteran discount and they just gave me the card, had me sign it, and let me in.

  55. Chief Shiparski May 23, 2019 at 10:46 am

    For all those whining about this nice benefit, please just be happy that you are not disabled and try to be for your disabled comrades. There are plenty of recognition programs for veterans. Personally, I have a 100% rating but appreciate that this is for 10% and up.

  56. Anthony Rumore May 23, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Hello,

    Is there a list of the parks available? Thanks in advance.

  57. Lewis Ollice May 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

    Does the pass only include the disabled veteran or is there a spouse encluded?

    • Janice L Cerda May 23, 2019 at 12:50 pm

      Read the article through, your question is answered.

  58. kevin working May 23, 2019 at 9:30 am

    This pass is the same as senior citizen pass. I know because I have the disable veteran pass and my brother has the senior pass. Not so special.

    • Frank May 23, 2019 at 12:28 pm

      The senior pass now costs $80 and does not provide the financial discounts.

      • Benjamin Eby May 30, 2019 at 8:05 am

        The Senior Pass includes all the same discounts as the access pass, which is free access to all sites that charge an entrance fee and 50% discount on some expanded amenity fees (camping, boat launching, etc). Both passes are basically the same, just different criteria to be eligible for them.,

    • Joan Acquistapace May 23, 2019 at 1:05 pm

      It might be the same, but many of our brothers and sitar’s not seniors yet. Semper Fi!

    • Shannon Dobbs May 23, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      I’m still in my 40s with a disability, so it’s pretty special for me and tons of other vets who aren’t senior citizens and wouldn’t otherwise have these benefits.

  59. Steven Whittemore May 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Thank you for writing the article, I had no clue federal parks were free.
    I know that Maine Parks and Rec do the same. Don’t remember the disability percentage required.
    Maine also has a free lifetime hunting and fishing license if you are a veteran and are at least 50% combat related disabled.

  60. David Clyde Martin May 23, 2019 at 9:07 am

    I can’t find an application for a Disabled Veteran lifetime National Park Pass. Can you provide me with the application form?
    Thanks Dave Martin

  61. Henry J. Verner May 23, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Thank you Steve as you can see, even when information is concise and direct many still miss the essences of what is conveyed!

  62. Teri Dixon May 23, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Dan , this is shameful that they would disregard their own rules . I would seek guidance from the South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031 as to why they are not following the rules on the access point and their website. Thank you for your service .

  63. James Mick Epperson May 23, 2019 at 8:56 am

    There us a National Parks pass for Veterans regardless of Disability. You pay a one time fee.

  64. Henry J. Verner May 23, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Steve,
    Thank you for your very informative posting on the National park access pass. I first secured my pass in Denver ,Colorado years ago while working in the VA arena, and made it a point to inform all veterans I came in contact with of all State, Federal and local benefits they were entitled to.
    Your posting was clear and concise please keep up the good work.

  65. Bradford Eckroad May 23, 2019 at 8:40 am

    Please send an application via e-mail.

  66. Kenneth G. Allen Sr May 23, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Thank you all for your service, this program seems to have been designed for veterans with service connected disabilities . I can appreciate all the vets that feel like second class citizens because they got out without injuries and are left out of this offer maybe you can start a petition so all vets that ever served can get free entry passes. I wish you all well! 1966 – 1970 Vietnam Era 100%

    • Bob Perry May 23, 2019 at 9:24 am

      This is a very nice program, and I will take advantage of it. All veterans have sacrificed for our wonderful country, but the truth is some gave more, and recognizing “more” is a good thing. Some gave all, and don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of our country. Thanks to the VA, the Parks Service and our citizens. Most importantly, thanks to those who gave all, and their families who miss them every day.

  67. Darrell Fanguy May 23, 2019 at 8:19 am

    The article says 10% or higher eligible, but the application says severely disabled. I don’t think 10% usually qualifies as severely disabled, I could be wrong.

    • Tom Lietaert May 23, 2019 at 10:12 am

      I’ve never needed anything more than my VA ID which simply has “service connected” on it.

    • JJ May 23, 2019 at 12:18 pm

      You’d be surprised. I lost and eye and I’m at 30%.

  68. Robert Funke May 23, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I received mine in Quincy MA at the start of the John Adams Tour. I just asked the Ranger about Vet discounts, He asked if I was disabled, I said yes, I got my pass on the spot after I showed him my VA ID. A very pleasant surprise, (I still put a few dollars into the donation locations at the Ranger Stations, pay if forward).

    • Bonnie Graham May 23, 2019 at 2:05 pm

      JJ you are eligible for more disability compensation and benefits than you are getting. ‘Loss of’ or ‘loss of use’ falls under a different tier of disability compensation called “SPECIAL MONTHLY COMPENSATION” and is a lesser known and harder to navigate tier of disability. But it is in addition (in most cases) to your regular disability rating (Schedular tier of disabilities ranging from 10%-100% for each disability). I suggest you do some checking through a veteran’s advocate group at http://www.Hadit.com You could choose their Forum Discussion and then search in the search bar for ‘Special Monthly Compensation” Then look for or search that subject for “Loss of an Eye”. JJ I also suspect you should have been rated 100% under the Schedular ratings. But that is something I’m not sure of….check it out for sure. The SMP tier has additional assistant benefits besides the increase in monthly dollars too. The VSO officers who usually assist with claims do not know very much, if anything, about the SMP tier. My late husband qualified through loss of use of his kidney function. He did peritoneal dialysis every day at home for 5 years before he died of his heart condition in Dec 2015. He was already rated 100% for his heart and 40% for diabetes. When we tried to add the kidney failure we were told by several VSOs that we couldn’t go above 100%. NOT TRUE! We learned too late. If he had died of kidney failure, I would not have been able to get part of his disability monthly as I do now. That’s part of why it’s important to get rated and updated ratings. I wish you luck JJ.

  69. Francis Fitzpatrick May 23, 2019 at 7:30 am

    Need application for my HUSBAND disabled vet.
    (redacted)
    thanks
    Francis J. Fitzpatrick

  70. Nancy J Ricany May 23, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Yes. It’s not fair. Give the pass to every honorably discharged veteran!!!!

    • kevin Karr MSgt Ret May 23, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Life is not fair – I’m sure that most all of us that have served and were injured/disable would trade this pass for good health. -kevin

      • James Morrison May 23, 2019 at 7:51 pm

        Roger, Kevin.

  71. Justin Bowen May 23, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I’ve had one for years. It’s worth it’s weight in gold as I’ve traveled to hundreds of sites over the past decade or so.

  72. Lawrence V Wonch May 23, 2019 at 6:51 am

    Send your completed Application to: Questions:
    USGS
    Attn: Access Pass
    Box 25286
    fedrecpass@usgs.gov
    1-888-ASK-USGS
    (1-888-275-8747)
    Denver, CO 80225

  73. rick May 23, 2019 at 6:43 am

    I tried to use my Access pass last year at Mt Rushmore but they declined it. They told me that Mt Rushmore was not a national park. Why isn’t Mt Rushmore a national park?

    • Teri Dixon May 23, 2019 at 8:52 am

      Mt. Rushmore is free to enter , you have to pay for parking .

    • Timothy J May 23, 2019 at 11:17 am

      It is a National Memorial and they only charge for parking. It is free to enter.

    • Wes Parker May 23, 2019 at 11:38 am

      I have been to Mt Rushmore several times and asked that question on my first visit. The park us free to enter, however you have to pay to “park” which is privately owned. Not sure how that happened on Federal land but that’s the skinny on Rushmore.

    • Rodney Beck May 23, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      There is no fee for Rushmore. Just a parking fee

  74. Matthew McGuinn Jr May 23, 2019 at 6:32 am

    Where do I get an application?

    Sincerely,

    Mattheww McGuinn JR

  75. Charles R Hamilton May 23, 2019 at 6:02 am

    To make it easier on veterans why not just issue the pass when the disability papers are sent to the veteran. For those who are already in a disability status the VA should issue the pass to them now, not like they do not have the records.

    • Lawrence V Wonch May 23, 2019 at 6:52 am
    • Tim Meakin May 23, 2019 at 7:55 am

      Right! I had to pay to enter GCNP, tben go to Park HQ to present paperwork. My card and refund were issued there.

    • Richard H Beaulier May 23, 2019 at 8:01 am

      Great idea but would make it way to easy!!

    • Matthew Kingswell May 23, 2019 at 8:10 am

      Because that makes to much sense. I’m going to stop in at the vsc before my appointment tomorrow and figure out why not. They may not even have heard of it. Lol.

  76. Rick Bertino May 23, 2019 at 4:31 am

    The access Pass is fantastic. Thanks VA and citizens!

  77. Alan Jay Doll May 23, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Why not make the national park pass available to ALL VETS,not just a select few, we ALL serviced,some in peace , some in combat zones.

  78. Foresooth May 23, 2019 at 2:12 am

    Another example of where you have to be disabled to account for anything. Those of us that served and didn’t retire and didn’t get hurt are treated like outcasts.

    • Donald Brumfield May 23, 2019 at 6:54 am

      Why should you receive the same benefits as those who served to retirement or have received a disability?

    • Elevate Your Feet May 23, 2019 at 7:44 am

      Gee… sorry you aren’t disabled and living with daily pain so that you can get a free trip to the park. I bet most of the people who are eligible would trade with you.

      • Elevate your nonsense May 23, 2019 at 9:26 am

        “Most” of the people with military disability ratings are NOT “disabled and living with daily pain.” There are far far more people with 10% for trivial issues like tinnitus — which is as likely to be non-service-connected as not — who line up at the trough for freebies like this.

        If you’re going to whine about people who haven’t earned this benefit, whine about the fact that any mouthbreathing parasite who made it to 62 gets a free lifetime pass for nothing more significant than managing to avoid drowning in their own saliva for 62 years. Working veterans are expected to subsidize the elderly as it is, despite the elderly being the richest portion of the US population — this is just insult added to injury, by politicians and bureaucrats trying to cozy up to greedy old voters.

        • Steve Spears May 24, 2019 at 9:30 am

          So, you have to be in pain in order to be disabled. Wow!! If hearing loss and tinnitus is not a disability, I do not know what is. Try listening to a constant ring in your ears twenty-four hours a day or not being able to socialize because you can hardly recognize what people are saying, then maybe you can complain. Try working around jet engines for years and then tell me what you think about being nearly deaf.

      • Bob Zurasky May 23, 2019 at 10:20 am

        Good call! I did 38 years and feel that the disability is a strong qualification. I have been fortunate enough to not be injured in battle, just hearing loss and some arthritis from physical strains and injuries. It would be so easy to give it to everyone but that is why it is a program for the disabled.

        • Mike Stacy May 23, 2019 at 3:39 pm

          I’m 100% veteran and don’t care if your 10% you served your country and no one should complain about us getting a freebie discount, I assure u we’ve earned every thing and more we get free.

    • von arney May 23, 2019 at 7:49 am

      I do understand how you see that.

      When onejoined the military a contract is sign. The contract come with clauses indicating benefits. It indicates if injured once who leave the serveice the VA will take care of service contected disability, not non-service contected injuries and illnesses. It also list other benefits.

      It’s a contract. If the DOD is not fulfilling the contract, get a lawyer or be thankful you served and the contract Fullfilled and complete.

      It is that simple.

    • Steven Whittemore May 23, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Ya my brother is in the same boat. 6 years in the Marine Corps and nothing to show but a expired ID.

      I was medicaly retired after 13 years. And 70% disabled Army Vet.

    • Ralph Ragosta May 23, 2019 at 9:59 am

      I guess you believe everyone should get a trophy also. I’m sorry I didn’t dedicate a full 20+ years or get hurt but give me benefits and stuff anyway, even though I sacrifice as much.

  79. Donald L Clevenger May 23, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Hey this is a great job on this but I think we can do better to include all veterans not just disabled veterns. Even if it at a coustof 10 dollars fir non disable veterns. I myself am a veteran that doesnt qualify for this but my servious was no less sacrificing the nose that are disabled now and the VA does not always qualified veterans that needs qualification

  80. Susan Viafora May 23, 2019 at 1:16 am

    What about widows of disabled veterans who are also disabled and on SS disability?

  81. Pamela Bozkurt May 23, 2019 at 12:58 am

    Hello,
    Is there a way to sign up online to get the pass? I’m not inclined to write down my credit card info and ship through the mail.
    Thanks,
    P.S. Bozkurt

  82. Jeffrey Kramer May 23, 2019 at 12:27 am

    When I received my full disability claim I was issued a Golden Eagle life time access parks pass. Is this pass still valid ?

  83. ANTHONY JOSEPH COOK May 23, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Please provide a mailing address for the US Geological Survey to obtain this free pass. Thank you.

  84. Ken Dee May 22, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    The people whom are the the raters, have to be rated. There findings, attitude and compassion is very cold and callus.They must be re- examined.
    Where do they come from in background and lifestyle. Do they really know how a vet with PTSD really feels?
    VA has been hard on vets forever.It’s about time they are examined inside and out and get real qualified Raters in the chairs of our rating system.

  85. Alvin Britton May 22, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    is this the same as the Golden Age Passport

  86. Ed Gregory May 22, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks, Steve, for your military service and for writing this clear and succinct story. I hope to avail myself of this benefit the next time I’m at a national parks facility.

    Ed Gregory
    30%
    Vietnam 69-70

  87. Thomas Blue May 22, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Both the Department of Interior and the National Park Service indicate that this pass does not exist. They refer you to other passes that are available. Also, when checking the United States Geological Survey website it shows no knowledge of this pass. The application indicates that this is for the AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL – THE NATIONAL PARKS AND FEDERAL
    RECREATIONAL LANDS ACCESS PASS. I will attempt to obtain the pass by mail but the article should be more clear on just what pass it is that a disabled vet can obtain.

    • Nicole May 23, 2019 at 8:20 am

      I just got a pass at Zion national Park. It does exist and it was amazing!

  88. Kenneth Dale Bradford May 22, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    I do not collect ssdi but I have a 40% rating do I still qualify?

    • Nicole May 23, 2019 at 8:21 am

      Yes you still qualify

  89. Marjorie Mckay May 22, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    I am a widow of a Vietnam Veteran who died from his service connected disability. Can I utilize the free national park pass or is it just for the Veteran?
    Thank you!

  90. Dan Wakeman May 22, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Too bad Eleven Mile Canyon National Forest would not honor my Access Pass or my Disabled Veteran license plate issued by the State of Kansas, contrary to the guidance posted at the access point.

    • Teri Dixon May 23, 2019 at 9:02 am

      Dan
      I think it is shameful that they denied you this access. You should seek guidance from the South Park Ranger District 719 836-2031 as why they disregarded their own access point and web site rules.

      Thank you for your service and sacrifice .

  91. Gary C Grant. May 22, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    My email address is (redacted). I would like a natinonal park pass.

  92. James E Parker May 22, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    As a disabled veteran, the offer of free access to our beautiful National Parks, after I jump through all the hoops required and then pay the $10 processing fee.

    The VA knows who the disabled veterans are, why not send very Disabled Veteran a pass as surprise gift.

    Maybe they would really feel the love then from the VA.

    For some reason VA just doesn’t get it.

    I remember complaining to crisis hot line that while contemplating suicide and dialed the VA hospital number in Vermont and received a message telling me to hang up and dial a 10 digit number. Finally after complaining to my Senator, you can now just hit the number 7 to be transferred to the crisis hot line.

    This is what I mean by the disconnect that exists between doing something for Veterans that doesn’t require another form or writing down a 10 digit telephone number before you blow your brains out.

    No wonder there are 20 suicides a day.

  93. James E Parker May 22, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    As a disabled veteran, the offer of free access to our beautiful National Parks, after I jump through all the hoops required and then pay the $10 processing fee.

    The VA knows who the disabled veterans are, why not send very Disabled Veteran a pass as surprise gift.

    Maybe they would really feel the love then from the VA.

    For some reason VA just doesn’t get it.

    I remember complaining to crisis hot line that while contemplating suicide and dialed the VA hospital number in Vermont and received a message telling me to hang up and dial a 10 digit number. Finally after complaining to my Senator, you can now just hit the number 7 to be transferred to the crisis hot line.

    This is what I mean by the disconnect that exists between doing something for Veterans that doesn’t require another form or writing down a 10 digit telephone number before you blow your brains out.

    No wonder there are 20 suicides a day.

  94. John Drake May 22, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Why just disabled? I don’t have a supplemental income and I’m an honorably discharged veterans.

  95. Charles Coxson May 22, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Let me understand this. Because I don’t have a service connected disability, my status as a Veteran is less important than someone who unfortunately has a service connected disability.

  96. Ray Bruneau May 22, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    When did this program begin?

  97. Daniel Mcnece May 22, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Is this for any disability rate or only 100% disabled?

    • Daniel Mcnece May 22, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      Never mind, just saw the 10% or higher.

      • Christopher Beasley May 25, 2019 at 12:58 pm

        The application states “Blindness or Permanent Disability”. Please verify with your VA Benefit Summary found at– https://eauth.va.gov/ebenefits/download-letters –as to whether your disability is considered permanent. I would venture to say that many of us who have a rating above 10%, have not been determined to be “permanently disabled” by the VA. It states this clearly on the VA Benefits Summary.

    • Leonard Griswold May 23, 2019 at 6:59 am

      The article states 10% and above.

  98. David L Rennicks May 22, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    What about regular Veterans? Any discounts or anything? It’s hard enough being retired, getting SSA,
    Having Medicare taking their share of my minimal retirement check?

  99. Kupono McDaniel May 22, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Disabled everyone can get the pass at any National Park.

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