Honoring Veterans in California’s Eighth District


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) – Last night, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) held the Heroes of the 8th Awards Ceremony. The event commended 48 veterans living in the district who served bravely from World War II through the present.

These veterans were recognized for a variety of reasons including distinguished service, post-military community involvement, and volunteer work for causes and organizations that serve veterans. Edward Acosta, Bob Spogona, and M.J. “Mac” Dube were all recognized posthumously for exemplary service on and off the battlefield.

Cook said, “It was truly an honor to be in the presence of so many great Americans. No matter where or when they served, all service members deserve recognition and appreciation for fighting to defend us all. This is the land of the free because of the brave and I won’t soon forget the sacrifice made by our nation’s finest.”

A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.


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