NJ Veterans and active Military Members gain free access to Parks and Forests

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NJ veterans and active military members have paid for beach badges with sweat and blood

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation providing free admission to state parks and beaches for active and retired military members cleared the Assembly Military and Veterans Committee today.

“Many served on the hot sands of the Middle East, the forbidding mountain passes of Afghanistan, or the steaming jungles of Vietnam,” said bill sponsor Assemblyman Anthony Bucco.  “They paid us with sweat and blood, and should not be charged for a beach badge to enjoy the shores they defended.”

The measure (A834) extends free access to military personnel and veterans from, or stationed in New Jersey. Current statute provides admission to parks and forests to residents who are active members of the National Guard.

The state is home to almost 8,000 active duty military personnel, 17,000 veterans, and more than 400,000 veterans.

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