AMODEO BILL PROVIDING DISABLED VETS AND ACTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL ADMISSION TO STATE PARKS WITHOUT CHARGE SAILS THROUGH COMMITTEE

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Amodeo, R-Atlantic, that permits those on active military duty, National Guard personnel and disabled veterans to visit State parks at no charge as well as to obtain a hunting, fishing or trapping licenses without paying a fee was approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee today.

?It is appropriate that those who protected our land be afforded the opportunity to visit places like State parks and forests without being charged admission,? said Amodeo. ?This legislation expresses our gratitude in more than words. We rightfully pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the liberties we enjoy, and this measure acknowledges the courage of those who exhibited such bravery during their service and who are able to enjoy the recreation provided at these facilities.?

Under the bill, A-2695, a disabled veteran is defined as a person who has been honorably discharged for active service in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and has been declared to have a service-connected disability of any degree by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Those who are undertaking Basic Military Training and Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training in either the New Jersey Air National Guard or the New Jersey Army National Guard are included in the legislation.

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