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.
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.