Items of Interest for ALL Veterans
Veterans and Gold Star Families
Granted Lifetime Passes to National Parks
Veterans and Gold Star Families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior starting on Veterans Day this year and every day onward.
“With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting Veterans and Gold Star Families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter,” said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt.
Entrance fees for the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and standard amenity recreation fees for the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation sites will be waived for Veterans and Gold Star Families. They will have free access to approximately 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, which host activities to fit any lifestyle, from serene to high octane, including hiking, fishing, paddling, biking, hunting, stargazing and climbing.
Many Department managed lands have direct connections to the American military, such as frontier forts, Cold War sites, battlefields, national cemeteries, and memorials. These special places pay tribute to our veterans and serve as reminders of their courage and sacrifice throughout the history of our nation, from Minuteman National Historic Park where colonists stood in defense of their rights, to Yellowstone National Park, which was protected from vandalism and poaching by the 1st U.S. Cavalry before the National Park Service was established, to Mount Rushmore where modern warriors attend reenlistment ceremonies.
Details on program
For purposes of this program, a Veteran is identified as an individual who has served in the United States Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, and is able to present one of the following forms of identification:
• Department of Defense Identification Card
• Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
• Veteran ID Card
• Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card
Gold Star Families are next of kin of a member of the United States Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation,” such as a war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the United States while serving with the United States Armed Forces.
The Interagency America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Program already includes a free annual pass for active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents. Other free or discounted passes are available for persons with permanent disabilities, fourth grade students, volunteers, and senior citizens age 62 years or older.
The Department also offers free entrance days for everyone throughout the year to mark days of celebration and commemoration including the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Public Lands Day, Veterans Day, and the signing of the Great American Outdoors Act.
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NEW! 28 October — About VA co-payments:
Due to the pandemic, congress passed legislation which mandated VA to stop all billing statements from being mailed out until December 2020, with statements resuming in January of 2021. In January, veterans will begin to receive their bills that will include all the past charges on it except for interest. At this time, the billing department plans to help set up payment plans for those veterans who many need to set one up.
Please note, many veterans believe they have to wait until they receive a bill in January 2021 to make payments toward their VA balances, this is not the case. Currently, veterans can still pay their VA co-pays by either sending a secure message via My Healthy Vet or calling the Agent Cashier at 860-666-6951 x6216 (Newington) or 203-932-5711 x4606 (West Haven), and asking how much is owed on their accounts. This will help reduce the lump sum amount that will be due come January.
Past WCMOA President and current American Legion Post 86 Commander CAPT Bill Glass Presides over 100th Anniversary of Wilton Legion Post! Read about it HERE.
FREE Dental Exam and Cleaning. Yes FREE.
Details HERE: Free Dental Exam and CLeaning
Jobs for Veterans:
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The Connecticut Air National Guard publishes a bulletin that has valuable information for ALL VETERANS. CHeck it out here –> CTANG Retiree Bulletin The current newsletter highlights FREE GLASSES for retirees at the Groton Sub Base.