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senate Bill S. 355

Should Disabled Vets Get Free, Lifetime Access to National Parks & Federal Recreational Areas?

Argument in favor

The disabled veterans who have fought and sacrificed to defend our country should have free, lifetime access to our national parks and federal recreational lands.

Carolynne's Opinion
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08/07/2017
And in addition, let's give them a lifetime of free, top-notch medical care, including in-home nursing, affordable housing, and GI bill expansion to their family members. They were willing to die for this country, the LEAST we can do is take care of them.
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Flynn's Opinion
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08/07/2017
Yea! Why not ALL vets while we're at it?!?!
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Aqil's Opinion
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08/07/2017
Yesss and tell this fake illegal president to not make fun of the disabled and unfortunate.
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Argument opposed

While disabled veterans have sacrificed greatly for our country, that doesn’t mean they should get free, lifetime access to national parks and federal recreational lands.

Shipwreckpep's Opinion
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08/07/2017
No. As I vet, I will say that we are being put on too high of a pedestal. Fix our healthcare, make sure we are compensated properly for our injuries incurred during service, and provide good transition training to set us up for success after we move on from active duty. We don't need any other special benefits.
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Pix's Opinion
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08/07/2017
This is just another feel good item that really doesn't address the important issues of health care both physical and mental. Let's focus on the homeless issue first then talk about parks and recreation for them. This is way too short sighted for me to take seriously. Our veterans are retired soldiers and our soldiers are an important asset so stop insulting them with this feel good stuff and get down to the business of taking better care of them.
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Eric's Opinion
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08/07/2017
Another example of a worthless time-consuming and costly Bill, anybody who is disabled can apply for a free pass to get into all the federal parks at no cost. There's already a system in place so why are they wasting money and time on bills like this.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
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      senate Committees
      National Parks Subcommittee
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedFebruary 13th, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. 355?

This bill would make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Under current law, individuals must be permanently disabled in order to be eligible for a free National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, which costs $80 for an annual pass for a member of the general public.

Impact

Veterans with a service-connected disability; National Parks and federal recreational lands.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 355

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced this bill to make all veterans with a service-connected disability eligible for a free, lifetime National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass:

“This bill would ensure that the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country are able to enjoy many of America’s most spectacular sights free of charge. New Hampshire is home to some of the most beautiful recreation spaces, and the least we can do for our wounded warriors is provide access without cost.”

Lead cosponsor Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) added:

“Those who have fought and sacrificed to defend our freedoms should have free access to our nation’s parks and recreational lands. From Acadia to Denali, and everywhere in between, our bill would allow disabled veterans to access more easily our country’s national treasures for outdoor recreation, which can help heal both the visible and invisible wounds of war.”

This legislation has the support of three cosponsors in the Senate, including a Republican, a Democrat, and an Independent.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Jeffrey Johnson / Creative Commons)

AKA

Wounded Veterans Recreation Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to amend the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to provide for a lifetime National Recreational Pass for any veteran with a service-connected disability.

    And in addition, let's give them a lifetime of free, top-notch medical care, including in-home nursing, affordable housing, and GI bill expansion to their family members. They were willing to die for this country, the LEAST we can do is take care of them.
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    No. As I vet, I will say that we are being put on too high of a pedestal. Fix our healthcare, make sure we are compensated properly for our injuries incurred during service, and provide good transition training to set us up for success after we move on from active duty. We don't need any other special benefits.
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    Yea! Why not ALL vets while we're at it?!?!
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    Yesss and tell this fake illegal president to not make fun of the disabled and unfortunate.
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    This is just another feel good item that really doesn't address the important issues of health care both physical and mental. Let's focus on the homeless issue first then talk about parks and recreation for them. This is way too short sighted for me to take seriously. Our veterans are retired soldiers and our soldiers are an important asset so stop insulting them with this feel good stuff and get down to the business of taking better care of them.
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    Another example of a worthless time-consuming and costly Bill, anybody who is disabled can apply for a free pass to get into all the federal parks at no cost. There's already a system in place so why are they wasting money and time on bills like this.
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    Yes and congress shouldn't be allowed to sell it to the Koch brothers either
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    What a dumb question. Of course they should be. They've given part of themselves fighting stupid wars around the world to keep the MIC happy, this is the least we can do for them!
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    Any disabled vet should have access to many many more benefits than they currently have. As a nation we need to do more for all of our vets.
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    I'm a disabled Vet! I don't get much of anything free from anyone!
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    They should get lifetime health care for injuries sustained - they are no more American then anyone else. They can go to the parks like everyone else.
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    Why not? How is this not a thing?
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    I'm not sure how or why this has to be a something voted upon or even agreed upon. Happy to pay more taxes to give our vets a sense of ease, and experience the beautiful landscape they fought to keep free
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    They fought for this country (well more like for corporate America) the VERY LEAST this country could do is give them perks for risking their lives to expand the bottom line of the wealthy!
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    There already exists a law that allows people with disabilities to receive this benefit. What's the purpose of passing an additional law?
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    No. As a disabled vet, I'd prefer healthcare over a damned b
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    Access to healthy recreation is the least we can do for those who were willing to put their lives on the line for their country. Great idea! Love it!
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    First priority is to the ones Dear Leader makes fun of.
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    I honestly am shocked that this isn't the case already. I think we should give all Veterans a lifetime pass to the parks, disabled or not. Having a sibling who has served 4 tours in Iraq and now suffers from PTSD and TBI, I know what our veterans go through and to allow them to enjoy the parks for free is a small way to thank them for their service. We should do more.
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    Of course! Does this even need discussion?
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