Washington, D.C. — Today Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper, Governor Jared Polis, and Congressman Joe Neguse sent a letter to President Biden urging him to use his authority to permanently protect Camp Hale as part of the designation of the Camp Hale – Continental Divide National Monument. In reaction, Vet Voice Foundation CEO Janessa Goldbeck released the following statement:
“Few places epitomize the connection between Veterans and our nation’s public lands quite like Camp Hale, a former training site for the U.S. Army – most notably for the 10th Mountain Division – where Soldiers learned to fight in cold weather conditions. After World War II ended, those very same Veterans returned to these areas and helped launch the ski industry and modern outdoor recreational economy of Colorado.
“This is a campaign we’ve been working on for years with our fellow Veterans on the ground in Colorado and here in Washington. We want to offer a sincere thanks to Senators Bennet and Hickenlooper, Governor Polis, and Congressman Joe Neguse for their unwavering commitment to championing the creation of the Camp Hale – Continental Divide National Monument. Without them, this campaign would not be where it is today.
“President Biden, we urge you to use your authority via the Antiquities Act to permanently protect Camp Hale and create the Camp Hale – Continental Divide National Monument – a place everyone will be able to enjoy for generations to come, Veterans and non-Veterans alike.”