KPAX: Tester wants free park passes for veterans

Montana Senator Jon Tester says veterans “put their lives on the line” for the U.S. and should have permanent, free access to national parks.

Tester introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow free, lifetime access to America’s national parks, as well as National Park Service sites like national monuments.

Tester’s bill, the National Parks Freedom Pass Act, would create a new “Freedom Pass” available to all honorably discharged military veterans who are U.S. citizens. The lifetime Freedom Pass would be similar to the existing Senior Pass, which used to be known as the Golden Eagle Pass, but without a 62-year age limit.

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