By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Earlier today, Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H.R. 357, the “G.I. Bill Tuition Fairness Act of 2013.” This bill was introduced by Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), Chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and passed out of the House of Representatives with an overwhelming bipartisan vote.
This legislation would expand educational opportunities for veterans by allowing them to attend the state-run higher education institution of their choice at the in-state tuition rate. This would assist veterans who typically move to different states after joining the military and are penalized by being charged out-of-state tuition if they choose to remain for college.
Said Cook, “When service members goes to war, they don’t go to fight for their home states, they fight for their entire nation. Veterans who risk their lives fighting for the rights of this nation are heroes. They should be welcomed to any state college with open arms.”
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.