Veterans can visit National Parks for free, thanks to an employee at Indiana Dunes

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An employee at Indiana Dunes deserves the thanks for a new policy at all of our National Parks.

All military veterans have free lifetime passes to the parks, thanks to a suggestion from Indiana Dunes Fee Program Supervisor Ryan Koepke.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that he asked the Secretary of the Interior about the idea during a visit in August. The Secretary then passed the suggestion on to Congress that all veterans should be added to a bill that allows Gold Star families of military personnel who were killed in combat the chance to visit federal parklands free of charge. You can learn more at


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