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Garett Reppenhagen
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Garett Reppenhagen the Rocky Mountain West Coordinator of the Vet
Voice Foundation. He is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and the grandchild of
World War II Veterans. Garett enlisted in 2001 as a Cavalry Scout in the US
Army. He was stationed in Vilseck Germany, with 2-63 Armor Battalion 1st
Infantry Division, where he deployed to a peace keeping mission in Kosovo
for nine months in 2002-2003. Garett completed International Interdiction
Training at the NATO Special Forces school in Steton Germany in 2003 and
deployed to Iraq in January of 2004. He was stationed at FOB Scunion near
Baquaba Iraq for one year completing sniper missions in the Diyala region.
Garett was Honorably Discharged in June 2005.

Entries by Garett Reppenhagen

Veterans Help Save the Boundary Waters After it Saved Them

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 2:04 PM

Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America's most visited wilderness area. It encompasses 1.1 million acres of pristine water and unspoiled woodlands. Along with the Superior National Forest, it contains 20 percent of all the fresh water in the entire National Forest System. The accessibility of the wilderness for people of all...

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Klamath Crisis

(2) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 5:32 PM

Veterans returning from both WWI and WWII found opportunity in the Klamath River watershed in southern Oregon and northern California. However, the federal government overall has an unfortunate history of poor leadership in the Klamath Basin. And if Congress doesn't act by December 31, history could repeat itself - affecting...

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Veterans: California Desert National Monuments Would Protect WWII History and National Heritage

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 12:38 PM

When American troops were called on to join the greatest global conflict the world has ever seen, WWII, there was a need to train new tank units under harsh conditions to prepare for the rigors of battle over rough desert terrain and in inhospitable climates. In response, in 1942 our...

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Standing Up for Our Heritage on Flag Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 2:48 PM

Formally, June 14 commemorates the Second Continental Congress' 1777 adoption of the flag of the United States. But Flag Day is also an appropriate time to examine and commemorate what those stars and stripes stand for - the values that bind us as a people and a nation.

When I...

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Vets Celebrate Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument's First Anniversary

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:22 PM

I was returning from a multi-day sniper mission in Iraq and our team stopped at Ballad Air Base. It was one of the few posts with a theater. I remember standing for the National Anthem before the picture watching scenes like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Rocky Mountains, and other...

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Browns Canyon Is a Sanctuary for Our Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Many soldiers coming off combat deployments seek the outdoors to recover from the trauma of war and reconnect with family and friends. Just a few hours west of Colorado Springs, lies a magnificently unique and special place called Browns Canyon. I can't think of a better place to recover than...

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Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:31 AM

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea. That's why Vet Voice Foundation applauds the inclusion of Title 30 in the Carl Levin...

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Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument Is Good for Veterans

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:44 PM

This week veterans all over the nation applaud President Obama's use of the Antiquities Act to protect the Organ Mountains Desert Peaks region in Southern NM. Creating this new national monument ensures the preservation of a scenic public landscape rich with history, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat. Included in the...

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Liberty for Whom?

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:47 PM

It was a showdown that almost led to bloodshed. Earlier this month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) had started rounding up Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's cattle after 21 years of trying to get him to pay overdue fees and fines, now exceeding $1 million.

Heavily-armed militants flocked...

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Why Do House Republicans Want to Prevent New Parks?

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:25 PM

House Republicans, this month, are seeking to curtail the president's ability to protect our nation's rich military and cultural heritage and limit his ability to use the Antiquities Act to conserve national parks and monuments. The "Preventing New Parks" bill (H.R. 1459) is being voted on by the full House...

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