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Veterans, Gold Star Families Get Free Entrance to National Parks, Refuges, Other Public Lands

Event Date: November 11, 2020 - December 31, 2025

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: 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.  


Event Date: October 19, 2021 - December 31, 2022

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Event Date: October 19, 2021 - December 31, 2022

PTSD and Restorative Yoga

Event Date: December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022

The Rockland county PFC Joseph P.Dwyer veteran peer support program would like to invite you to attend: Yoga free to all veterans, gold star Mothers & their Families

AA Meeting for Veterans and Their Families

Event Date: December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022

A new Alcoholics Anonymous meeting for Veterans and their family members; the group is called SPLAT, Service Personnel Leaving Alcohol Together. This meeting is open to the beginner, as well as the individual interested in learning more about alcoholism or thinking that they or a family member may have a problem with alcohol. This meeting is every Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm - reading from the 12 Steps & 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous.  You do not need a book to attend this meeting. The meeting will meet on Zoom for the time being, with future meetings being in-person at the Hudson Valley Center for Veteran Reintegration. Zoom meeting log-in information: Meeting ID: 936 421 8971 Meeting Password: veterans (lower case) ***Any assistance with joining this new group is welcomed - chairing, leading and other positions are available. Please reach out to Jessica Bugbee for more information at

Vet-2-Vet Mindfulness Program

Event Date: December 1, 2021 - December 31, 2022


Event Date: December 12, 2021 - June 30, 2022


Event Date: December 17, 2021 - December 30, 2022


Event Date: December 17, 2021 - December 30, 2022