October 08, 2014

Release: Vet Voice Foundation praises President Obama's protection of San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

LOS ANGELES – The nonprofit Vet Voice Foundation, a national veteran’s organization, is today thanking President Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack for protecting the San Gabriel Mountains as a National Monument.  The group has run multiple full-page newspaper ads in favor of the designation, and has turned out to public events, in support of a national monument designation.

“Veterans, active military and their families depend on these public lands,” said Steve Dunwoody, Los Angeles-based Program Director for the Vet Voice Foundation. “The President’s protection of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument will bring new attention and resources to these public lands, enhancing access, visitor services and opportunities for recreation for veterans – and all local residents.”

A recent Vet Voice Foundation poll of veterans in Western states shows that a 75 percent majority of post-9/11 veterans favor the Federal government protecting public lands by designating them as national parks, monuments, or wilderness, including 56 percent who strongly favor.

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.

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