The Vet Voice Foundation Advocates for the LWCF during Spring Fly-In

During the month of April, the Vet Voice Foundation led a group of Veterans from key states to Washington, DC where LWCF, or the Land and Water Conservation Fund has the largest impact. 
 
Led by Managing Director Paul Eaton, Vet Voice Staffers Garett Reppenhagen (CO), Rick Hegdahl(WA) and Steve Dunwoody(CA) and Vet Voice volunteers met with key U.S. Senators, Federal agencies and their staffs, to advocate for full funding of the program. 
 
Created by Congress in 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was a bipartisan commitment to safeguard natural areas, water resources and our cultural heritage, and to provide recreation opportunities to all Americans. National parks like Rocky Mountain, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Smoky Mountains, as well as national wildlife refuges, national forests, rivers and lakes, community parks, trails, and ball fields in every one of our 50 states were set aside for Americans to enjoy thanks to federal funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

The revenues from offshore oil and gas leases are used for this program. Every year, $900 million in royalties are paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) which are then put into this fund. The money is intended to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges from development, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.

"For Veterans, we depend on these areas to be able to recover from overseas deployments." said Astoria Oregon Vet Voice Volunteer Matt Zedwick. This also includes those suffering from PTSD and other ailments.Yet every year, Congress fails to fund the program at its full level.

The Vet Voice Foundation will continue to advocate with government stakeholders and communities across the nation the importance of LWCF as part of the critical resources needed to help us defend and protect it as part of "the Lands we Love". 
 
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