Congressman Cook comments, “Too often Veterans get lost in bureaucracy…” 


To Improve VETERANS Healthcare


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Veterans Hospital Loma Linda, 26001 Redlands Boulevard, Redlands, California 92373



U.S. Congressman Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted Wednesday May 16, 2018 in support of Senate #2372, the VA Mission Act. The Bill provides major reforms to Veterans Affairs. It passed the House with bipartisan support.

The Bill strengthens and improves the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system for the approximately nine million veteran patients who utilize the system.

The Bill consolidates multiple community care Veterans Affairs programs, including the Choice Program, into one system that is easier to navigate for Veterans, VA employees, and community partners.

Senate # 2372 will help to ensure that Veterans are getting the right care, at the right time, with the right provider.

It also provides additional funding to sustain the Choice Program, which could be exhausted by the end of May 2018. The Choice Program is one of several programs through which a Veteran can receive care from a community provider if he or she cannot receive care in a timely manner from a nearby Veterans Affairs facility. 

Additionally, Senate #2372 expands eligibility for the VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, which promotes and enhances Veteran wellbeing for those who require the care and assistance of another. Post-9/11 Veterans have benefitted greatly from this program and this bill ensures future Veterans maintain access to it. 


 Representative Cook said, “Too often veterans get lost in bureaucracy of the VA, without receiving the help they have earned. This bipartisan bill will improve and expand critical care for our nation’s veterans and ensure that there’s no lapse in funding for the Choice program. I hope this critical bill is swiftly signed into law.” 


COOK Marine 1-2016.jpg  U.S. Congressman Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) is a member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees, 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.