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Veterans call on Secretary Zinke to Preserve National Monuments and National Parks

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Sargeant Elena Kim penned a piece recently that stated:

The Trump Administration does not have to weaken the 27 national monuments on their ‘list.’ Like the case of Sand to Snow, they have the opportunity to leave them just as they are – fully protected.

Sharing these national monuments with my family and friends has given me small moments of peace after the military, and I want these lands to be around for my nieces when they grow up. Therefore I ask President Trump and Secretary Zinke to stop their misguided efforts to weaken our national monuments.

 

Veterans Come to DC to Urge Protection of Our National Parks:

More than a dozen veterans representing 10 states and the District of Columbia took a message to Capitol Hill this week: Restore America’s national parks.

The group delivered a letter to lawmakers urging them to pass the National Park Service Legacy Act, bipartisan legislation that would dedicate annual federal funds to park maintenance. The letter, signed by over 500 veterans’ groups and individuals, said investment is needed to restore and maintain park sites that honor the sacrifices of servicemen and women.

The veterans also met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

Veterans presented a letter to Secretary Zinke that can be read here.

This is an excerpt:

Dear Secretary Zinke:

As groups representing and supporting veterans and their families, we urge you to enact legislation to maintain and restore America’s national park sites that commemorate the men and women who risked their lives to protect our freedom. Places like Valley Forge National Historical Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Gettysburg National Military Park, World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Korean War Veterans Memorial, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are iconic national parks that preserve our shared history.

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