Senator Patrick Leahy and Senator Bernie Sanders,
Stop the Basing of the F-35 at the Vermont Air Guard Station
The F-35 fighter jet, still years from any utility, stands as the most costly weapon system to U.S. taxpayers and potentially, the most catastrophic failure. With $400 billion dollars already spent and more than $1 trillion to go over the next 30 years, the proposed fleet of F-35 jets robs our tax dollars from life-affirming investments in the underfunded areas of education and health care.
Beyond the siphoning of resources, the F-35 is an immediate threat to people in Vermont. People who live close to the Vermont Air Guard Station, especially children, would suffer health impacts from the extreme noise pollution created by basing this weapon of war in close proximity to a residential neighborhood.
In solidarity with Vermonters and the Stop the F-35 Coalition, we implore you to take immediate action to stop the basing of the F-35 at the Vermont Air Guard Station.