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Gulf Islands National Seashore to Offer Free Military Pass

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Date: May 18, 2012
Contact: Dan Brown, 850-934-2604

Gulf Islands National Seashore to Offer Free Military Pass

Beginning May 19, 2012

Gulf Islands National Seashore will begin issuing free military annual passes to all active duty personnel beginning on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.Passes will be available at the Fort Pickens and Perdido Key entrance stations, as well as at the Fort Pickens Campground Office.Superintendent Dan Brown said, "Our area has a significant military presence surrounding the park including the Pensacola Naval Air Station and Eglin Air Force Base.We encourage these men and women and their families to visit and enjoy Gulf Islands National Seashore."

Members must show a current, valid military identification card to obtain their pass. The pass is also available to dependents of active duty personnel who present a current, valid military dependent ID.The pass covers the pass holder and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle at recreation sites that charge per vehicle. At sites where per-person entrance fees are charged, it covers the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older. There is no entry fee for children 15 and under.

Military members can obtain the new military version of the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Annual Pass. The pass will be accepted at National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers sites that charge entrance or standard amenity fees.

While the pass is not available to veterans and retirees, many of these individuals are eligible for other discounted passes, such as the Senior Pass, granting lifetime access to U.S. citizens over 62 for $10, and the Access Pass granting free lifetime access for permanently disabled U.S. citizens.

For more information about Gulf Islands National Seashore and the programs offered call (850) 934-2600 or visit us at www.nps.gov/guis.Follow us on Twitter @ GulfIslandsNPS to receive daily message or "tweets".

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Did You Know?

The arches at Fort Massachusetts are made of red and tan bricks.

Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.