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Senate passes bill to help disabled veterans enjoy Alaska's outdoors

Posted: February 17, 2012 - 1:25pm

Earlier this week, the Alaska State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 13, which honors Alaska’s disabled veterans by expanding free access to state parks and facilities.

In 1991, the Legislature passed a law which created a special disabled veteran camping permit, providing disabled veterans with free camping in state park campgrounds. Senate Bill 13, sponsored by Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage), extends this free benefit to boat ramps, RV facilities and day parking, and provides at least a 50-percent discount for public use cabins.

To provide these opportunities to those with disabilities, many park facilities are compliant with ADA standards. Six cabins have been modified to include features like wheelchair ramps. Two boat launches, 14 campgrounds, 10 historic sites and dozens of day use locations also provide handicap accessible facilities.

Senate Bill 13 now heads to the House for further consideration.

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