TUCSON— Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed the Alexander Lofgren Veterans in Parks Act out of committee, a bill that will permanently waive all National Park entrance fees for veterans. It will next head to a full House vote. The bill is named in memory of Alexander Lofgren, a late staffer of Congressman Grijalva who worked in the Tucson district office through the Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program and assisted local constituents with veterans casework. Alex passed away in a hiking accident in Death Valley National Park in April 2021.
“Alex was an important part of our office and served as an invaluable resource and helping hand to Tucson’s veteran community,” said Rep. Grijalva. “Alex loved nature, was an extraordinary photographer, and saw the important role outdoor spaces played in healing for veterans like himself. He understood that veterans needed spaces of tranquility, reflection, exertion, and peace and saw our national parks as a natural fit.”
“While it’s difficult to reflect on his loss and the tragedy of a life cut short, we must take comfort in the extraordinary legacy he left behind,” continued Grijalva. “I can think of no better honor for Alex that will allow other veterans access to the post-service spaces he believed were so critical to post-service life. This initiative will forever be symbolic of the legacy of a veteran who treasured the outdoors, and who served and fought for other veterans so selflessly. I am thankful to sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Miller-Meeks, and my colleagues for supporting this effort.”