Veterans said declaring the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks region a national monument could help vets coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the Unites States Department of Veterans Affairs, between seven and eight percent of people are estimated to have experienced PTSD in their lives, and the chances are among the greatest in veterans.
This could be a pivotal moment in the history of New Mexico, Doña Ana County and Las Cruces. It is time to protect the precious Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks as a National Monument. It will bring more prosperity and visitors to the region of Las Cruces and El Paso.
Video: Veterans said declaring the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks region a national monument could help vets coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Doña Ana County has tremendous opportunities in the near term to both secure our environment and historic resources, as well as create good jobs and economic development. These two mutually beneficial goals are represented in 2012 with the unique opportunities to establish both an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and a premier technology test and evaluation center in Doña Ana County.
A movement to protect the Organ Mountains and other areas in Doña Ana County by designating the land as a national monument is growing.
If Las Cruces and southern New Mexico is “land rich,” as many residents have said for years, then it could be time to finally cash in. In recent weeks, support for an initiative to designate those open, pristine lands as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument has grown. A coalition now in excess of 175 entities representing a noticeable cross section of residents has steadily picked up steam…
Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., has joined the effort to get the Organ Mountains designated as a national monument, introducing a bill in Congress this week that organizers of the original monument proposal said falls short of offering the protection needed….
Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., introduced a bill late Thursday that would establish most of the Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico as a national monument.
Pearce told the Journal his bill represents a compromise between those who prefer more restrictive federal wilderness designation for the mountains and those who prefer fewer restrictions on development and use.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., has introduced a bill that would protect the Organ Mountains in Doña Ana County by establishing 58,500 acres as a national monument.
A group of war veterans sponsored by the Vet Voice Foundation is pushing for the Organ Mountains to be a designated national monument. The group is made up of veterans from various wars including Vietnam, Iraq, Iran, and Afghanistan.