State Rep. Mike Mueller today joined the House Military, Veterans and Homeland Security Committee in unanimously approving a plan making it easier for 100-percent disabled veterans to enjoy the benefits of accessing Michigan’s state parks for free.
The plan would allow honorably discharged veterans who provide proof of their 100-percent disability status to the Secretary of State to receive a registration tab that allows them to access state parks free of charge. It also would allow those with Disabled Veteran (DV) license plates or tabs the ability to park in handicap spaces.
“This is truly the least we can do for our disabled vets,” said Mueller, a Navy veteran. “These men and women sacrificed substantially for our freedom and this is an opportunity to acknowledge that in a small way by allowing them to enjoy Michigan’s state parks free of charge. They fought for this land, and they deserve the chance to enjoy it.”
The plan would also require the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to reflect the new registration tab and waive the state park access fee.
House Bills 4551 and 4552 now move to the House Ways and Means Committee for further consideration.