Ho­gan an­nounces free ad­mis­sion to state parks for vet­er­ans

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In honor of Vet­er­ans Day, Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) an­nounced all mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, in­clud­ing res­i­dents and non­res­i­dents, will be granted free ad­mis­sion and en­trance to the net­work of 72 state parks man­aged by the Mary­land Park Ser­vice.

The gov­er­nor’s an­nounce­ment di­rectly im­pacts the re­gion’s more than 1.4 mil­lion vet­er­ans, a press re­lease states.

“We can never thank our brave ser­vice­men and women enough for what they have done and con­tinue to do for our cit­i­zens, our state, and our na­tion,” said Ho­gan in the re­lease. “By pro­vid­ing vet­er­ans this com­pli­men­tary ben­e­fit, which en­cour­ages them to ac­cess and en­joy our great out­doors, we hope to ex­press our sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion, grat­i­tude, and re­spect for their ser­vice.”

Ef­fec­tive im­me­di­ately, the gov­er­nor’s an­nounce­ment will elim­i­nate park ad­mis­sion fees for all vet­er­ans at every sin­gle state park, in­clud­ing Calvert Cliffs State Park in Calvert County and Point Look­out State Park in St. Mary’s County. Free day-use park ad­mis­sion is al­ready pro­vided to ac­tive-duty mil­i­tary per­son­nel and mem­bers of the Mary­land Na­tional Guard.

“As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, I want to thank the gov­er­nor for his bold ac­tion, lead­er­ship, and sup­port for our armed forces,” said Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­re­tary Mark Bel­ton in the re­lease. “By en­cour­ag­ing more vet­er­ans to en­gage and ex­pe­ri­ence our state lands and parks, both our cit­i­zens and vis­i­tors will ben­e­fit.”

The Mary­land De­part­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources of­fers sev­eral ini­tia­tives, pro­grams and spe­cial rates for ac­tive-duty ser­vice mem­bers, mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, pris­on­ers of war and Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ents. The de­part­ment part­ners with veteran ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as the Green­well Foun­da­tion, and pro­vides ser­vice­men and women with unique op­por­tu­ni­ties to boat, fish and hunt through­out the state.

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