Lawmakers want state park access to be free for veterans

The bill was endorsed the Massachusetts VFW

According to an analysis by WalletHub, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Maine and Florida are the five best states for military retirees. The analysis focused on several factors, including job opportunities, housing prices and veteran homelessness. (AP file)

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts lawmakers have proposed a way to honor veterans who enjoy our state parks.

Holyoke State Representative Aaron Vega filed a bill that would provide free state park access to purple heart recipients and their families. A purple heart is awarded to military personnel wounded in combat.

Rosie Goldstein of Northampton told 22News this would be a great way to show our appreciation to our vets. She said, “Anybody that has fought for our country, put their time and energy and their heart into it, they should be able to get anything they want and get free access to that. They should be able to relax, hangout and not have to pay for it.”

The bill was endorsed by 25,000 members of the Massachusetts Veterans of Foreign Wars. It passed unanimously in the House, and will now go to the Senate.

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