July 23, 2015

Release: Vets Praise Murkowski and Cantwell for inclusion of Land and Water Conservation Fund reauthorization

DENVER, CO – The non-partisan Vet Voice Foundation is cheering the agreement by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Maria Cantwell to include reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund in the upcoming Energy reform package that will move in the Senate.  The fund is set to expire this year, unless reauthorized. 

“Reauthorizing the LWCF is absolutely critical to protecting the lands we love,” said Garett Reppenhagen, Western States Director for the Vet Voice Foundation, and an Iraq War Veteran.  “They're the lands that I love, so when I swore an oath to defend the United States and the Constitution.  They’re the lands that have provided a place of healing for generation after generation of American Veterans, returning from war.  Senators Murkowski and Cantwell are to be commended.  Today, they got our backs, and we thank them for it.” 

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).

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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