When asked about the dangers of climate change at an event in August, Mr. Zinke shouted, “You haven’t served, and you don’t understand what energy is. I’d like to see your child have to fight for energy.” When he sought to raise entry fees at national parks across the country, he blamed discounts for veterans as a drain on revenue. He has attacked and undermined public lands on which veterans rely for peace and healing upon returning from service. And he didn’t stand up for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a vital source of funding for historic battlefields.
Mr. Zinke’s apparent disregard for ethics in government during his time as interior secretary does not reflect the values of our military.
Paul D. Eaton, Fox Island, Wash.
The writer, who retired from the U.S. Army as a major general, is managing director of
the Vet Voice Foundation.