Recently Introduced EXPLORE Act Creates New Opportunities for Veterans


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday Reps. Bruce Westerman and Raul Grijalva introduced the Expanding Public Lands Outdoor Recreation Experiences (EXPLORE) Act, a House Outdoor Recreation package that includes legislation such as the Military Veterans in Parks Act. 

The Military Veterans in Parks Act works to promote opportunities and enhance outdoor recreation experiences for veterans and active-duty servicemembers on federal public lands and waters by improving disability access on those lands and includes a jobs pilot program for veterans at the Department of the Interior.

In response, Sierra Club’s Vedia Barnett, senior campaign strategist of Sierra Club’s Military Outdoors campaign, released the following statement:

“As a veteran whose work is so entwined with nature and the outdoors, it is encouraging to see this legislation introduced. Not only could it help more veterans comfortably spend healing time in nature, but this bill also provides pathways to employment for veterans in the outdoors and conservation field. Our veterans and active-duty servicemembers deserve to feel supported for their service, and I look forward to seeing the Military Veterans in Parks Act in action.”

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