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New Michigan bills offer free state park entry to some veterans


Friday Gov. Rick Snyder signed a pair of bills  that offer free state park entry to military veterans who are eligible for 100 percent disability, were prisoners of war, or who have received the Medal of Honor.

House Bills 4297 and 4439, sponsored by state Rep. Frank Foster, waive the annual $11 state park Recreation Passport fee for vehicle license plates issued to those military veterans.

 Gov. Rick Snyder said, "Thousands of Michigan's military veterans have sacrificed greatly for our way of life, and offering eligible veterans free entry to our state parks is a small gesture of our gratitude for their service."

The Michigan Secretary of State indicated that, as of November 2012, there were about 8,070 specialty license plates eligible for the free recreation passport endorsement. There have been 7,642 disabled veteran plates issued, 426 former POW plates, and two specialty Medal of Honor license plates issued in Michigan.



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