Vet Voice Foundation Applauds President Obama, Sen. Feinstein on Announcement of California Desert National Monuments

 ·  Vet Voice Foundation, Press Release

The Vet Voice Foundation applauds the announcement that the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments will be officially designated this week by President Obama. The President’s action will come nearly six months after being requested to do so by Senator Dianne Feinstein. The Senator’s request has been supported by many Veterans and active duty military members who regularly explore and enjoy these public lands. 

The designation of the new national monuments not only has support from Veterans. A recent Vet Voice Foundation poll also showed that over 75% of California voters statewide and 70% in the desert region overwhelming favor President Obama designating the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments. 

The Vet Voice Foundation supports the protection of these public lands as part of the “The Lands We Love,” an extension of defending the homeland that Veterans defended in uniform. We also support this action because of the mental health benefits the outdoors provides to Veterans recovering from PTSD and other ailments. 

“Veterans support permanent protection for these desert monuments. So many recent vets have returned from desert war zones to find healing and peace at home, in the California desert.  We’re thankful that President Obama understands the value of these public lands and that he took action to designate the Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains National Monuments,” remarked Paul Eaton, Retired General and Managing Director of the Vet Voice Foundation. 

Founded in 2009, the mission of Vet Voice Foundation is to mobilize veterans to become leaders in our nation's democracy through participation in the civic and democratic process. VVF seeks to harness the energy and drive of the dedicated men and women who have fought for their country, and put it to work at home and in their communities on the important issues they face, such as health care, jobs, the environment, and housing.