Sinema Announces Free Lifetime Passes for Veterans and Gold Star Families to Access Public Lands

Nov 14, 2022

Sinema’s Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks Act grants free lifetime passes for Arizona veterans and Gold Star Families to America’s public lands

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema announced that Arizona veterans and Gold Star Families can receive lifetime passes to access public lands for free. This announcement was made possible through Sinema’s bipartisan Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks Act, which was included in last year’s bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act.
Sinema’s legislation was named after Alexander Lofgren, an Arizona veteran who tragically passed away while on a camping trip at Death Valley National Park in April 2021. Lofgren served in Sinema’s Veterans Advisory Council and worked for U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva of Arizona as part of the Wounded Warrior Fellowship program.
“Alexander Lofgren and all our veterans represent the best of America: sacrifice, honor, and service. Our law, named after Alexander, grants free lifetime passes for Arizona veterans and Gold Star Families to America’s beautiful public lands – a small token of appreciation for their incredible service to our country,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Each lifetime pass covers entrance fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle (or a passholder and up to three adults at sites that charge per person) at national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Veterans can present Department of Defense ID card, Veteran Health ID (VHIC), Veteran ID Card, or veteran’s designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or ID card at participating federal recreation areas that normally charge an entrance fee. Gold Star Families can present a Next Generation Uniformed Services ID Card. Gold Star Families can self-certify and download a voucher HERE.