A vet's argument for preserving San Gabriels

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As a Marine I have witnessed the horror of modern warfare. As I reflect now on my time in Afghanistan I frequently remember the things I would do to relieve the anxiety of those difficult days. One way of escape was to reflect on my homeland of Southern California and the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains.

…Millions of visitors frequent these beautiful mountains each year. Many of these visitors are veterans like myself. For those of us returning from the war zone, scenic wonders such as this have a very therapeutic and healing aspect. Readjustment to civilian life can be challenging and areas such as these can help our community of veterans to find balance and peace.

…It is important that our elected officials protect our last remaining wild lands in the San Gabriel range. There are about 36,000 acres of potential wilderness that need to be preserved for our families and future generations. Also, the vision of a new San Gabriel Mountains Recreation Area needs to be championed and implemented.