Kesto votes to give disabled vets, former POWs free park access

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Legislation also benefits Medal of Honor recipients

State Rep. Klint Kesto today voted for legislation that provides free Recreation Passports for disabled veterans, former prisoners of war and Medal of Honor recipients.

“Our disabled veterans, POWs and Medal of Honor recipients have already sacrificed so much for us, and this is just a small token of our appreciation for all they have given up for our continued freedom,” said Kesto, R-Commerce Township. “Giving these men and women free access to state parks and recreation areas, as well as state-operated boating access sites, is the very least we can do.”

The free Recreation Passport designation would be made when those who qualify when they are renewing vehicle registration. Disabled veterans would have to qualify for a disabled veterans plate, which entails residents with a total or permanently total disability rating and an honorable discharge from the military.

The legislation, House Bills 4297 and 4439, passed the House on a strong bipartisan vote. The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.