By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted for H.R. 2385, the Border Jobs for Veterans Act. This bill passed the United States House of Representatives with bipartisan support.
The Border Jobs for Veterans Act requires the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to identify service members who perform duties that are transferable to the work of Customs and Border Protection Officers. This bill sets up a cooperative program between both departments to actively recruit members of the military who are separating from military service to serve as Customs and Border Protection Officers.
Cook said, “America is facing a crisis on our southern border. It makes perfect sense to allow some of the service members who defended our country in uniform to continue defending our borders after they leave the service. This bill will not only ensure more jobs for service members transitioning out of the military, but will make sure we have our finest men and women protecting our borders.”
A member of the House Natural Resources, 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 Heart.