State Parks Disabled Veterans Passes

With Veterans Day nearly upon us it’s a good time to reflect and think about what these heroes have done for our country, and what we can do for them in return. At California State Parks, the most obvious ongoing thanks that we can bestow to disabled veterans is to offer discounts into the parks. Some past signs of gratitude have included commemorating park benches for veterans, as seen below, and Veterans Day Remembrances including an upcoming event at Columbia State Historic Park.

Bench Dedication

Marin District Superintendent Danita Rodriguez, Director Ruth Coleman and Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs attach a placard on a bench dedicated in memory of veterans. The bench is located on the Old Mine Trail in Mt. Tamalpais State Park in Marin County.


The Distinguished Veteran Pass is a free lifetime pass that is offered to honorably discharged war veterans who are residents of California with a 50% or more service-connected disability, or were held as prisoners of war by forces hostile to the United States, or recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor are eligible to receive the Distinguished Veteran Pass (formerly Disabled War Veteran/Prisoner of War Pass).

It entitles the holder to the use of all basic State Park System operated facilities, including camping and day use, at no further charge. The pass is not valid at units operated by local government, private agencies or concessionaires.  It is not valid for special events, group campsites, commercial use, or for supplemental fees and cannot be used in conjunction with any other pass and/or discount.

You can download the Distinguished Veteran Pass Application here in PDF format and here in Excel format.

Applications may also be made in person at the Park Pass Sales Office located at 3930 Seaport Blvd, West Sacramento, California.

Or, send completed applications to:

California State Parks
Attn:  Distinguished Veteran Pass Program
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, Ca 94296-0001

Click here for a location map. Go here for more information on passes or call State Parks toll free at 800-777-0369.

State Parks thanks the Veterans that have served and hope that you will stop and thank a veteran for helping to protect this beautiful land.

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Posted on November 10, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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