Rep. Paul Cook's Work For Warrior Program Passes House
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) applauded passage of his Work for Warriors program included as part of the annual defense bill. The Work for Warriors program creates partnerships with employers in order to provide full-time work for California Guardsmen.
Originally introduced as an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee with Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA), the Work for Warriors Program creates a pilot program to put veterans back to work. The Work for Warriors program has placed over 2,400 guardsmen in jobs, reducing unemployment in the Guard by 25 percent. The success of the program has driven its expansion into all services. California’s success now serves as a model for other states.
Cook said, “The Work for Warriors program in California has been hugely successful and cost effective. I hope this legislation will replicate the success we’ve had in California. Federal job placement programs often cost ten times more than what we’re attempting here. I’m optimistic that this nationwide pilot program can be just as effective at helping to put our service members back to work. I want to thank Rep. Aguilar for joining with me in recognizing the critical need for this program and helping to ensure its inclusion in this year’s NDAA. I also want to thank Rep. Takano (D-CA) and Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC) for their leadership in introducing the original legislation with me earlier this year.”
Rep. Cook co-founded the Work for Warriors Caucus in the 113th Congress and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where he is Vice-Chair of the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.