By definition, a veteran is someone who has served our country in one of the branches of the armed forces. This may be someone who has served in combat or is a member of The National Guard and Reserve, but it is especially applied to those who served for an entire career, usually of 20 years or more, or for someone who has served one active tour of duty. A common misconception is that only those who have served in combat or those who have retired from active duty can be called military veterans…this is not the case.
President Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address, in 1865 towards the end of the American Civil War, famously called for good treatment of veterans: "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan".
Austin is a city where inclusiveness is a wonderful part of life. We take care of each other and are proud of the men and women who have served our country to defend our rights and freedom. In honor of this, in 2016 the Parks and Recreation Department asked the Austin City Council to pass a resolution that allows honorably discharged veterans to pay a $1.00 fee to enter swimming pools that charge and allow disabled veterans (who have 10% disability or more) to be admitted into pools that charge for free. This request passed with flying colors! The new veteran fees for swimming in a public pool are:
- $1.00 Fees for Austin resident honorably discharged veterans to be implemented at the pool site
- Lifetime passes for an Austin resident veteran with a 10% or more service-connected disability can be obtained at the Aquatics Office 2818 San Gabriel. This lifetime pass will also include a parking pass.
If you or someone you know is a veteran of the United States, please let them know about this…and thank them from us!