Congressman Paul Cook

Representing the 8th District of California
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Weekly Newsletter, January 7

Jan 7, 2014

Capitol Update

Cook Sponsors Bills to Protect Veterans' COLA

Congressman Cook has heard from many concerned constituents regarding the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for veterans contained in the Budget Act of 2013. Cook remains dedicated to keeping America’s promise to our veterans. He is an original cosponsor of two bills that ensure that all veterans will continue to receive their full COLA. The first measure, H.R. 3789, would eliminate any COLA reduction for veterans who are medically retired, receiving Combat Related Special Compensation, and/or Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments. The second measure, H.R. 3790, would eliminate the COLA reduction for all military retirees.

District Update

Yucca Loma Bridge Ground Breaking

On Friday January 10, the town of Apple Valley will break ground on the Yucca Loma Bridge. This is part of a corridor project that will improve transportation through Apple Valley and Victorville. The Town Council, local community leaders, and others involved with the construction of the bridge project are expected to be in attendance.

The groundbreaking will begin at 10 AM Friday, January 10, on Yucca Loma Road just west of Apple Valley Road. For more information, please visit

Critical Habitat Designation Could Restrict Public Lands: Meetings Scheduled
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to hold two public meetings on proposals to list and designate critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog, the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog, and the Yosemite toad. With over 90% of the land in Mono and Inyo counties already held by the federal government, this proposal could further restrict public access and economic development in these counties. The meetings will be held in Bridgeport on Wednesday, January 8 from 1 to 3 PM and in Fresno on Monday, January 13 from 1 to 3 PM. This is your chance to have your voice heard.

For more information, please visit

Veterans’ Corner
As the deadlines approach for applying to schools, veterans with college-aged children should look into the College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veterans’ Dependents. The program offers children and dependents of service-connected disabled or service-related deceased veterans a waiver of state tuition and fees. It is applicable at any California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. Benefits are awarded on an “academic year” basis and are based on the student’s income. Students are required to reapply each year for continued benefits.

To obtain complete eligibility requirements and assistance in applying for these valuable benefits, please contact your local County Veterans Service Office or your school's veterans office.