April 25, 2012
PRESS RELEASE: Vet Voice Foundation Praises New Monument in California, Urges President Obama to Protect Colorado's Browns Canyon
Aurora, CO - A local veteran appears in an advertisement running Thursday in the Aurora Sentinel and the Pueblo Chieftain applauding President Obama’s protection of Fort Ord in California as a National Monument last week, and asking him to also protect Colorado’s public lands. The ads are sponsored by the nonprofit Vet Voice Foundation, a national veteran’s organization.
“Fort Ord has a proud and storied tradition with the U.S. Army, and is still enjoyed today by so many veterans who rely on the natural wonder of the site for healing from their time in war. We thank President Obama for honoring our soldiers by protecting Fort Ord,” said Mark Starr, Program Director for the Vet Voice Foundation, and an Iraq War Veteran. “We now ask him to also support our natural treasures in Colorado, which need added protection to ensure veterans, our families, and future generations can enjoy them.”
The Browns Canyon of the Arkansas River is pristine area for fish and wildlife that provides amazing exploration opportunities year-round with spectacular views of hoodoos, cliffs, rock spires and the Arkansas Valley. The canyon is secluded and peaceful bestowing an opportunity to connect with nature and its diverse species including falcons, eagles, owls, elk, bighorn sheep and bobcats. It is also a popular destination for whitewater enthusiasts and is an economic driver for the region. For veterans, areas like Browns Canyon are vital for healing and reconnecting with life after trauma in foreign countries.
Brandy Simmons, the Iraq veteran and Boulder resident featured, is an avid backpacker and horseback rider. She enjoys the quiet and finds she can remove all the stressors, enjoy nature and just focus on getting to the top of the next peak.
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.