Steube Bipartisan Legislation to Waive Burdensome Fees for Veterans Passes House
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House of Representatives passed U.S. Representative Greg Steube’s (R-Fla.) legislation, H.R. 1029, the Free Veterans from Fees Act. This legislation waives special-use permit fees for veterans’ demonstrations and special events at war memorials administered by the National Park Service in the District of Columbia.
“Our nation’s veterans paid more than their fair share through their service to our nation and should no longer be subject to the burdensome administrative fees to visit military memorials or go on their own Honor Flights,” Steube said. “Though we will never be able to fully repay these heroes, this legislation is a small step to properly honor their sacrifice, patriotism and bravery.”
Throughout the year, veterans’ groups and Gold Star Families visit national war memorials arranged through various veterans’ organizations. To obtain a permit for their visit, oftentimes, these veterans’ groups must pay burdensome administrative fees and other processing costs related to visiting memorials.
The Free Veterans from Fees Act passed the Natural Resources Committee with unanimous consent and passed the U.S. House of Representatives during both the 115th and the 116th Congress. This legislation received bipartisan support and was endorsed by American Veterans (AMVETS), a veteran organization that represents 250,000 members nationwide.
The full text of the legislation can be found here.