Rep. Cook Cosponsors Bill to Aid Veterans Find Work as They Transition to Civilian Life

By on November 10, 2019

H.R. 4941, the bipartisan Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Act, authored by Rep. Andy Kim (D-3rd District-New Jersey) and cosponsored by Yucaipa’s U.S. Congressman Paul Cook (R-8th District-Apple Valley), will aid veterans as they transition to civilian life and seek employment opportunities. Many veterans are not aware of various training and employment programs available to them.

Whereas various veteran service organizations (VSOs) are engaged in veteran outreach for many services to aid veterans in their transitions to life outside of military duty, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Veterans’ Administration (VA) do not currently have the capabilities to provide veterans with civilian employment assistance. H.R. 4941, if passed, would allow the DoD to share data with qualified organizations such as the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, to enhance their abilities to assist and engage with returning veterans for the services they might need including employment assistance.

“Veterans who serve our country honorably shouldn’t struggle to find employment upon returning home,’” said Rep. Cook. “This legislation would provide crucial improvements to veterans’ employment outreach programs across the country. It’s important that we do all we can to support organizations that strive every day to support our veterans. I thank Congressman Kim for his leadership on this issue and look forward to working with him to get this bill passed.”

Rep. Cook is a member of the House Natural Resources and Armed Services Committees and is the Republican Leader on the House Natural Resources Indigenous Peoples of America Subcommittee. Rep. Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years of service after having attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star during his combat years.

Rep. Cook maintains a field office in Yucaipa at 34282 Yucaipa Blvd. The Yucaipa office phone number is 909-797-4900; please call prior to visiting the office in order to confirm the hours the office is open.