By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R–Apple Valley) issued the following statement regarding the release of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi, a United States Marine, from a Mexican jail.
“Sergeant Tahmooressi has returned to American soil. This should have been done as soon as it became clear that he’d made a simple mistake and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. We can never leave one of our troops behind, and I’m happy that now he’ll be able to receive the treatment he needs back in the United States. He should never have been held in Mexican jail for 214 days for a simple mistake. I’d like to thank his family, friends, and all of the millions of people who joined me in demanding his release. Without everyone’s hard work, this couldn’t have happened. Finally, our Marine is home.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign 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.