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Interior’s Action Plan for Sharing Educational Opportunities, Healthful Recreation & Jobs in America’s Great Outdoors

  • Expand participation of military families in existing and possibly new programs in cooperation with the Department of Defense.  The programs will include education, recreation, employment, job counseling, and related community services.

  • Increase its services in support of the interests and needs of military families relative to psychological health and physical rehabilitation through use of its 500 million acres of public land, recreational, and educational programs

  • Evaluate options for determining how access fees to Federal lands might be waived for active duty military personnel who have been injured or who are in rehabilitation resulting from injuries related to military service, including PTSD.

  • Publicize information on the current Federal Land Pass Program to military recreation and morale service offices.  (In most cases, passes are good for the entire family to enter a national park area or wildlife refuge.)  Interior will also increase outreach to military hospitals in order to make access passes available to those military personnel with permanent disabilities.

  • Provide information on a broader basis to military families and veterans about fee-free access opportunities with special emphasis on the fact that Veterans Day is a Federal interagency fee-free day to honor the men and women in military service to America.  This information will also highlight many memorials, historic sites and battlefields that provide special programs and events that honor the military.

  • Increase support of American Indian and Alaska Native military families through education, recreation, and employment in consultation with Tribal leaders and Tribal  governments.

  • Recruit high school, college and university students of military personnel for youth employment programs such as the Youth Conservation Corps, Public Lands Corps, and Student Temporary and Career Employment Programs.

  • Engage military families in a wide range of Interior programs providing educational and recreational opportunities, including the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” program.

  • Expand partnerships and co-sponsored programs with a wide range of educational, recreational, conservation, and civic organizations at the local, state and national levels.

  • Develop a proposal for a major Performing Arts tribute to our military families, working through the National Park Service and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.  The program would be held at the Filene Center of the Wolf Trap National Park, which can accommodate 7,000 patrons.

  • Conduct on-site and off-site educational and recreational programs for the benefit of students in the Department of Defense Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools.

  • Increase the placement of interns through the Department of Defense Operation Warfighter Program.

  • Expand cooperation with non-profit wounded warrior and military families’ organizations to provide educational and recreational opportunities.

  • Arrange to have field, regional and national office Interior representatives to visit military hospitals and hand-deliver Federal land passes, brochures and other information that would be useful to our wounded warriors and their families.

  • Increase the employment of veterans, working closely with the Department of Defense,  the veterans Administration, Department of Labor and a wide range of Veteran support organizations in recruitment.

  • Publicize the fact that through the National Park Service, the Department of the Interior preserves and commemorates the contributions and sacrifices of our military at the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, U. S.  Civil War Sites, the Military Sites associated with the Westward Movement, and National Memorials including the World War 1 Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam War Veterans Memorial, African American Civil War Memorial, and Women in Military Service for America Memorial.