By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted to restore the full Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to all military retirees. This would undo the recent reduction to COLA and ensure that all veterans receive the full benefits that they were promised. The restoration of COLA for veterans passed the House of Representatives by an overwhelming bipartisan vote and is headed to the Senate for final approval.
Rep. Cook has made restoration of veterans’ full COLA a top legislative priority. He had already voted to restore the full COLA for disabled veterans and was an original cosponsor of the bill of H.R. 3790, a bill that would eliminate the COLA reduction for all military retirees.
Said Cook, “While we’re in difficult budget times, it’s vital that America keep their promise to men and women who have put their lives on the line defending America. I’m proud to have voted to restore veterans’ cost of living adjustments. The House has taken the first step, and now it’s time for the Senate and President to act quickly to ensure that America keeps its promise to our veterans.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ 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.