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Garett Reppenhagen of Colorado Springs, the Rocky Mountain West coordinator for the Vet Voice Foundation, said service members need as many options to register and vote as possible. He said military members fight for the right to vote, and increasing access is an important goal.
"If you vote for this bill you will be honoring the service of those who put on the uniform and made the decision to serve," he told the committee.
Vote Vets Foundation in Taos County
As one of our nation's newest national monuments, Rio Grande del Norte also serves as a gift to the veterans of New Mexico and our nation. VVF member Larry Sanchez, a county commissioner from Taos County stated, "With our veterans returning from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, places such as these are here to assist with their recuperation. Lands such as RGDN are here for our veterans to find peace from their time at war and recreate with family and friends."
Dedication of the San Juan Islands National Monument
Rick Hegdahl, board member of the Vet Voice Foundation, attended the dedication of the San Juan Islands National Monument on April 1st.
Participating in the dedication were members of Washington State's congressional delegation as well as outgoing Dept. of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Rick was able to personally thank Sec Salazar for his work preserving public lands
for future generations of veterans and their families to enjoy.
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Mario Rivas, a member of Vet Voice Foundation and the San Gabriel Mountains Forever group, said the forest helps in his recovery after serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan.
"It's a climb, metaphorically," he said. "Once you're in location for combat you're ready. When you come back you can't just jump off that hill, you're gonna crash. You don't always land on both feet and these places offer that stepping stone."