VET VOICE FOUNDATION PETITION OPPOSING TRUMP PLANS TO SHRINK MONUMENTS DRAWS MORE THAN 5500 VETERAN AND VETERAN FAMILY MEMBER SIGNATURES IN 24 HOURS

Vet Voice Foundation

WASHINGTON, DC - Vet Voice Foundation’s petition to the Trump Administration opposing new efforts to reduce the size of ten national monuments gained over 5,600 signatures from veterans and military family members, in just 24 hours.  The petition voiced their opposition to this new attack on public lands and declared their support for the Antiquities Act of 1906, which grants authority to the President of the United States to protect our most beautiful and culturally rich public lands.

“The Monuments Review conducted by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, and now signed by President Trump, is a massive sell-out to extraction industries like coal and oil and commercial fisheries,” said Garett Reppenhagen, Western States Director for the Vet Voice Foundation. “Land and waters once protected for their beauty and wildlife, or for the cultural heritage of our Native Americans, are now vulnerable to assault by industries dedicated to energy sources that are increasingly obsolete, yet will without doubt cause lasting damage to land once protected by visionary men like President Teddy Roosevelt.”

“Veterans depend on these lands to heal from the mental stresses of war, and have for generations. They know that once these lands are gone, they’re gone forever. This petition shows that the gutting of protections for our public lands is as much anti-veteran, as it is un-American,” he added. 

Vet Voice Foundation mobilizes veterans to become leaders in our nation’s democracy through participation in the civic process.  VVF offers veterans the opportunity to continue serving their communities by finding a new mission in domestic and foreign policy campaigns that are important to America.  Vet Voice Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, for charitable and educational purposes.