LANSING — As part of House Democrats’ comprehensive Supporting MI Veterans package aimed at increasing support for Michigan’s brave men and women in uniform when they return home, state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison) unveiled her bill today to allow the free use of all state parks by veterans with a veteran ID.

“Michigan’s veterans embody the enduring spirit of service that we should all aspire to follow in our own lives,” said Kennedy. “And although there’s no way to show the full depth of our appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made for us, allowing our veterans and their families to freely enjoy all the natural beauty our state has to offer is at least one small token of gratitude we can easily provide right now.”

Michigan is home to the 11th largest veteran population in the nation, with over 550,000 veterans accounting for over 7 percent of the state’s adult population. The Supporting MI Veterans package is comprised of over 20 bills from more than 20 different sponsors to provide comprehensive support from waiving teaching license and medical record fees, providing property tax credits and free public transportation, to creating a special hotline for reporting instances of abuse, neglect or exploitation.