This bill, intended to clarify that veterans who are disabled as a result of their military service – whether in wartime or not – should be eligible to receive the existing lifetime Distinguished Veteran Pass offered by the California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). This bill did not pass out of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Eligible veterans can still obtain the Distinguished Veteran Pass from DPR. The Distinguished Veteran Pass is available to honorably discharged war-time veterans, as defined, who are residents of California and submit proof that they have a 50% or greater service-connected disability, were a prisoner of war, or received a Medal of Honor. The free park pass entitles the holder to use all the basic facilities, including day use, camping and boating, at no charge. More information and an application can be found on the DPR website.