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National Parks: Discount Passes 13 years 6 months ago #3215

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The web site listed below describes most of the discounts offered by our National Parks including disability discounts.

The statement about the Golden Age Passport/Golden Access Passport cards is not entirely true. I’ve been into two National Parks in the past three months and still have my Golden Age Passport card. The reason is because my card is hard plastic and has the required bar code strip. I talked with a ranger about it and she told me they would not replace them as long as the bar code was scannable.

I’ve been to two Military Campgrounds/RV Parks that give a discount to holders of Golden Age Passport/Golden Access Passport cards. Grand Forks AFB, ND FAMCAMP gives a 50% discount and The RV Park at Fort Bliss, TX gives a 10% discount.

www.seniordiscounts.com/articles/articles-sd-02-13-08.aspx

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p.s. Sorry, old subject but a much better reference web page.
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Re: National Parks: Discount Passes 12 years 10 months ago #5079

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Every disabled vet should have an Interagency Access Pass (which has replaced the Golden Access Pass) because it is FREE, good for life and grants you admission to EVERY one of the 291 National Parks in the world (we have US National Parks in France, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands). It also gives you a 50% discount on camping at National Parks, National Forests, Tennessee Valley Authority, Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and federal Fish and Game campgrounds.

I worked as a Park Ranger at the Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, VA this summer and taught the staff that anyone presenting a VA ID card with "Service Connected" below the picture is a disabled vet. But you don't even need that. There is a National Park form that has a "statement of disability" on it that if you read it and sign it, they MUST issue you the FREE lifetime pass. You must, however, appear at the fee booth to get one, it can not be purchased on line or by mail or from a vendor.

The other available passes are the Interagency Senior Pass (which is the same as the Access Pass but is issued to US Citizens who are 62 or older and which costs $10 for a lifetime) and the $80 Annual Pass. The old and new passes are treated pretty much the same and you can get a replacement for the Golden passes if they are the old paper version. There is no charge for the replacement.

This is probably the best deal ever created by the federal government and everyone should take advantage of it. There was also a bill submitted to Congress this year that would have allowed anyone with a DD 214 under honorable conditions to purchase the $80 annual pass for $10. It died in committee--call or write your Senator or Congressperson and ask them about it.

See ya down the road,
Glenn

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Re: National Parks: Discount Passes 12 years 10 months ago #5332

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The free card is obviously a bargain, but keep in mind that even if one has to pay the $10 for the Age card, it is still a bargain. Most people don't read the fine print that allows it to be used when there are 3 more adults in the same group. It will pay for itself the first time used.

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