By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Today, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) voted in support of H.R. 4812, the “Honor Flight Act.” This bill passed the United States House of Representatives with wide bipartisan support.
Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that works with Southwest Airlines and other non-profits to transport American veterans to Washington to visit memorials built and dedicated in honor of their service. Currently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) supports the Honor Flight Network by expediting the screening process for veterans. H.R. 4812 makes this permanent.
Cook said, “This bill is about much more than expedited screening for veterans; it’s about showing these veterans the respect and appreciation they deserve as they travel to their memorials. I’ve been to the memorials as the Honor Flight buses pull up, and I can’t even begin to put into words the gratitude in the faces of these American heroes as they are welcomed to their memorials. I’m proud to have voted for this bill.”
A member of the House Foreign Affairs, Armed Services, and 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.