Soapbox: A veteran's perspective: Make Fort Ord a national monument

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The men and women who serve in our Armed Forces travel around the globe, often to the most challenging conditions that can be imagined. Wherever we go, images and memories from back home sustain us during these times away from our families.

For many men and women in uniform, our country's national monuments — from the Statue of Liberty in New York to Muir Woods in California — are the images that come to mind of the America we serve to protect.

Recently, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar visited Fort Ord in Monterey and expressed an interest in exploring ways to protect this historic site. As an Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I strongly support the designation of Fort Ord as a national monument.