Starting July 1, they will be granted free admission at the Maine State Museum in Augusta.
The Maine Bureau of Veterans Services said it is part of new changes to the Maine Resident Lifetime Veteran Park Passes.
Along with getting free admission to state parks and historic sites, veterans can also check out the treasures at the state museum.
All they need to do is show their lifetime park pass.
Recreational licenses and privileges make up four of the almost 20 state-run programs offered to Maine veterans – one of which includes the Maine Resident Lifetime Veteran Park Pass. The pass, administered by the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, is issued to all veterans who are Maine residents and who received an honorable discharge or general discharge under honorable conditions.
While the current $3 admission fee for the Maine State Museum may seem nominal, many Maine veterans find themselves living on fixed incomes. Allowing veterans free access to the state museum is a small gesture of gratitude for a population who have sacrificed greatly. Senior citizens holding a Maine Resident Lifetime Veteran Park Pass will now be able to visit the Museum for free, in lieu of the current $2 senior citizen discount.
The Maine State Museum is located at 230 State St. in Augusta and is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The museum is closed on all state holidays.
Any veteran wishing to obtain a park pass may do so by completing and returning their application to the bureau, along with a copy of their DD 214. Park pass applications can be found on the bureau’s website, www.maine.gov/veterans/benefits. Completed applications should be mailed to Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, 117 State House Station, Augusta ME 04333-0117.
For more information on the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services, or to contact the Veteran Service Office nearest you, please visit maine.gov/veterans or call 207-430-6035.