By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Apple Valley) is pleased to announce that the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is evaluating the feasibility of instituting the Veterans Express Transit System (VETS) in the Victor Valley. Cook submitted a request last month to VA Loma Linda Medical Center Director Barbara Fallen requesting expansion of the program to the High Desert in order to assist veterans with transportation for medical appointments at VA Loma Linda.
Cook said, “Our district is home to thousands of veterans who need better access to medical care at the VA hospital. It’s a long drive from the High Desert down to Loma Linda, and many of my fellow veterans are getting up there in age, making it tougher for them to drive themselves to appointments. Without a means of transportation, these men and women who’ve served our nation are effectively denied medical care. We need to see this VA transit line established, and I’ll continue fighting for our local veterans. I thank Director Fallen and her staff at the VA for considering this proposal, and I ask that they give it the strongest consideration for approval.”
Currently, officials at VA Loma Linda are evaluating potential pick-up locations and routes for the VETS program. According to Fallen, the VA is committed to making the Victor Valley the next operational region in the VETS program.
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Natural Resources 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.