Hogan announces free admission to state parks for veterans
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.