Vet Voice Foundation Applauds the Introduction of the California Desert and Conservation Act of 2015
The Vet Voice Foundation proudly applauds the introduction of the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act of 2015 (CDCRA) by Senator Dianne Feinstein and Senator Baraba Boxer (CA) today. We support protecting these lands for all Americans, including our national network of 500,000 Veterans and their families. The added protections to these public lands will ensure access to them for generations to come.
Protected and accessible public lands also provide places of repose for Veterans and their families, particularly Veterans who are recovering from overseas deployments and often from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and others ailments that can result from battle. Experiencing the peace and serenity of the outdoors has been proven to be beneficial to Veterans with these conditions.
Over the last year, our organization has brought attention to the importance of further protecting these public lands. Last fall, the Vet Voice Foundation led a group of Veterans to the Mojave National Preserve. Veterans hiked in the Kelso Sand Dunes and camped out overnight. The quiet space of the outdoors and physical exercise was lauded by everyone, and helped them to find peace of mind. A video of our trip can be seen here:
Recently, 22 generals and admirals, many who served in California desert, signed on to a letter of support for the CDCRA. 50 Veterans who live in the California desert region signed onto an additional letter encouraging Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Paul Cook to work together in passing the CDCRA through Congress.
We appreciate Senator Feinstein’s efforts on the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act, and will look forward to continuing to lending our support the in any way we can to help ensure its passage!