Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Congressman Paul Cook's Newsletter: November 10, 2015

Nov 9, 2015

Capitol Update


Join Congressman Cook at his annual “Heroes of the 8th” event this Friday, November 13, 2015 at 5:30PM at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley.

This year marks the 50th anniversary since the start of the Vietnam War. This conflict was a challenging time for our country, with many service men and women experiencing public backlash upon returning home. Congressman Cook is hosting a special event called “Heroes of the 8th,” focusing this year on Vietnam veterans from California’s Eighth Congressional District. Rep. Cook will also show his appreciation for their service and for the service of other veterans and local veterans’ service organizations. The event will highlight current legislation affecting veterans and Congressman Cook's veterans' casework team will be on hand to answer questions.

Who: Congressman Paul Cook

What: Annual “Heroes of the 8th” Event

When: Friday, November 13, 2015 at 5:30PM

Where: Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Apple Valley, California

While this event is open to the public, we kindly ask that you RSVP by calling Congressman Cook’s Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

Congressman Cook’s Statement on the President’s Rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline


Congressman Cook issued the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline last week:

Cook said, “Until today, the President was the only obstacle standing in the way of building the Keystone XL pipeline and putting Americans back to work. Blocking the creation of this pipeline is a slap in the face to Americans looking for work. This is about jobs, jobs, and more jobs. The sad truth is that today, hardworking people lost and wealthy environmental extremists won.”

Happy 240th Birthday to the United States Marine Corps!

Last Wednesday, Congressman Cook, as the most senior Marine in the US House of Representatives, cut the Marine Corps' 240th birthday cake with General Robert Neller, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Congressman Cook was very thankful and honored to have been invited to take part in this event.

The 240th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps is tomorrow, November 10, 2015.

District Update

Join Copper Mountain College for a Grand Opening!

Copper Mountain College is proud to announce the grand opening of Bud and Betty’s Place for Veterans! All are invited to the grand opening ceremony and Veterans Day Remembrance on November 12, 2015 at 10AM in the 300 Quad of Copper Mountain College with a keynote address by Colonel Paul Cook (Ret.), US Congressman.

For more information, please call CMC Veterans Services at 760-366-3791, Ext. 5813, or CMC Base Programs at (760) 830-6133.


The United States Post Office is Hiring for the Holidays!


Johnson Valley OHV Recreation Pubic Meeting: November 21, 2015


Representatives from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Marine Corps will host a Resource Management Group meeting about changes in land use in the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area on November 21, 2015 from 10:00AM to 1:00PM.

The purpose of the meeting is to communicate the Marine Corps' plans to conduct a large-scale exercise in August 2016 that will include training in the congressionally established Shared Use Area. Information concerning temporary land closures and public safety will be discussed. All members of the public are welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held at the Johnson Valley Community Center, 50567-A Quailbush Rd, Johnson Valley, CA 92285, located 1-3/4 miles south of Hwy. 247 (Old Woman Springs Rd.) on Larrea Rd. (paved), at the corner of Quailbush Rd.

For additional information, contact the Katrina Symons, Barstow Field Manager, at (760) 252-6004,; or the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213,

Yucca Valley Neighbor Watch


On Monday, November 16, 2015 from 6PM to 8:30PM, the Yucca Valley Police Departmentwill be hosting a Neighborhood Watch Meeting in the Community Center’s Yucca Room.

Meeting Topics will inclue: How to start a neighborhood watch in your area. Crime trends, tips on safety, security, how to report suspicious activity, local social media information, online resources for neighborhood watch information, and becoming a Sheriff’s Department Volunteer.

For more information, please contact Melissa Kramer at (760) 366-4175 or

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.

19th Annual Victorville Veterans Day Parade and Freedom Mile Run


On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 9AM to 11AM, the City of Victorville will host the 19th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony. The event is sponsored by the City of Victorville and California Cadet Corps 264th Battalion.

The City of Victorville will host a “Freedom Mile Run” prior to the parade. The mile-long run starts at 8:55AM and will kick-off the parade. Participation in the Freedom Mile Run is FREE. Registration for the run will be at the corner of 7th and Forrest at 8:15AM. The first 100 runners registered will receive a FREE commemorative race bib.

The parade route begins at Tracy and 7th St. with a very special ceremony following parade at Forrest Street and 7th Street. The parade and ceremony will include a variety of marching bands, entertainers, military units, and guest speakers.

To request an application, or for more information about the Freedom Mile Run, parade and ceremony, please call the City of Victorville Community Services Department at (760) 245-5551.

Applications will also be available on the City of Victorville website at and on the Victorville Recreation website at

Veterans’ Day Ceremony in Twentynine Palms


This year’s Veteran’s Day tribute will be held in Twentynine Palms. The event will begin at 10AM on Wednesday, November 11, in Veterans Park and will include guest speakers, music by the Marine Sandpiper Joel Daniel, and static displays of law enforcement, fire, and military equipment. Z107.7’s Gary Daigneault will emcee the event.

The ceremony begins at 11AM with remarks by Twentynine Palms Mayor Joel Klink, the Combat Center’s Commanding General Lewis Craparotta, and Assemblyman Chad Mayes. The ceremony will be followed by a free barbecue. Organizations are invited to participate in the event with a booth or display that reflects U.S. armed forces veterans.

For more information, call Larry Bowden at (760) 367-6799.

Morongo Basin Historical Society Veterans Day Lecture


The Morongo Basin Historical Society in Landers is reaching out to Veterans with their day after Veteran’s day lecture. The speaker will be Dr. W. Dean Hunter, author of “For Love of Life and Country,” a decorated veteran, who served in both the Marine Corps and the Air Force. Dr. Hunter is currently a candidate for the Congressional Medal of Honor. A true American Hero and veteran of three wars will share his military experiences. He will sign his book “For Love of Life and Country” after the lecture and slide show.

The lecture is at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley 5:30PM to 6:30PM on Wednesday, November 12, 2015. The donation is $5.

Victorville Old Town Route 66 Historic Society will host the Veterans Day Parade on November 11


The Victorville Old Town Route 66 Historic Society will host the Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2015. The parade route will wind down Seventh Street and end at Forrest Street. Following the parade, the society will host a reception for veterans and their families and friends.

The center’s event, located in the Santa Fe Trading Co. complex, will include patriotic music, refreshments and mementos for the veterans and active military, and a food vendor on site. The center will be open to the public to get a glimpse of Victor Valley history or pick up a brochure to another local museum or historic site.

***For more Veterans' Day events, please follow Congressman Paul Cook on Twitter @RepPaulCook. If you would like to submit an event for posting, please email***