‚ÄčNews from Congressman Paul Cook 

Military Academy Nominations

The new academic school year has started, and that means high school seniors from our district will begin the process of applying for college soon. If you are a current high school senior and are interested in attending one of our nation’s prestigious military academies, I encourage you to fill out an application through my office.

Young Americans who attend West Point, the Naval Academy at Annapolis, or the Air Force Academy receive a world-class university education that gives them the skills to not only serve in their nation’s armed forces, but to lead successful careers later in life.

The deadline to apply is December 1, 2014. The application for a service academy nomination can be found here.

My office will be hosting informational "Academy Nights" in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for more details.

Veterans Corner
My office is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help with the Veterans' Administration please call my Apple Valley District Office at 760-247-1815.


In-State Tuition Rates Made Available to GI Bill Recipients

I’m pleased to announce a bill passed by Congress and signed into law this year will soon allow veterans who are eligible for GI Bill benefits to qualify for in-state tuition at any public university.

When veterans enlisted into the military, they didn't sign up to defend one state, they committed to defending all of the United States. Given the transient lifestyle that often comes with serving in our nation’s military, our veteran-students often find it difficult to establish permanent residency in the state they live. As a result, they end up paying more than $10,000 on top of standard tuition rates to attend public universities as “out-of-state” students.

Not only does this bill recognize the tremendous sacrifice and service of these men and women, it eases the financial burden as they pursue an education. I was proud to support such an important bill.

 A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs  Committees, Paul Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.