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• Les Cooks, Director Veteran Services
Jerry Hogan â€” Rockwall GOP
Also to be located in the new Courthouse will be our new Veterans Service Officer, Mr. Les Cooks, an experienced Officer who previously held this position in Hunt County.
They have been Infantrymen (Grunts), Medics ...
They have been Infantrymen (Grunts), Medics (Docs), Helicopter pilots and door gunners, Tankers, Cooks, Artillerymen, Special Forces and other unconvential Special Operations personnel, Sailors, Marines, Air Force Fighter pilots, and a whole host of other specialized military jobs.
They have ranged in rank from Privates to Admirals and Generals.
This Veterans Service Officer, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Les Cooks, is located in the new Courthouse on the 4th Floor overlooking our Veterans Memorial.
phone number is 972-204-7280, and his
email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
What is the job of the Veterans Service Officer?
Very simply stated, his
job is to assist any veteran from Rockwall County who has a problem interfacing with our Government.
Whether it is assistance in applying for a benefit or simply learning what benefit the individual may be authorized, the Veterans Service Officer is there to provide that assistance.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Cooks has been a Veterans Service Officer for over eight years.
Before coming to our County, he was the Veterans Service Officer in Hunt County just to our North East.
While there he
assisted Veterans in applying for claims that resulted in over $1.1 million of benefits coming to these individuals in one year.
He is President of the Veteran County Service Officer's Association of Texas and just recently addressed all of the members of the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) at their 15th Annual Veterans Summit.
provides the training and guidance for all of the Veterans County Service Officers within the State and also provides another interface into the national Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
If you are a Veteran, or if you are the surviving spouse of a Veteran, and you are uncertain about any benefit you may be eligible to receive, or if you think you are eligible for a benefit from the Federal Government because of your Veteran status and don't know how to apply or to fill out the necessary paperwork for the benefit, call Les Cooks
will help you navigate through the benefits process.
GREENVILLE - One veteran at ...
GREENVILLE - One veteran at the time, Les Cooks and his secretary Peggy Freeman are living up to their slogan: "Hunting down benefits for veterans."
...Last year alone, Cooks, who serves as the Hunt County veterans service officer, and Freeman helped veterans receive more than $200,000 in benefits that were due.
There are 8,000 veterans in Hunt County
said.That number increases to 12,000 when taking into account a veteran's family, who can also receive benefits.Cooks, a reserve USAFR lieutenant colonel himself, who says he brings 30-years of experience to the table, said he understands it is sometimes a frustrating process for veterans to navigate through all the governmental bureaucracy.
there to help make the process more manageable and understandable.
"We ask people to be patient, to be positive (and work with the organizations)," he
said."It's still hurry up and wait.Being mad at the system doesn't help anyone.We pride ourselves at getting most of our benefits at (the original) level in Waco.
But, all the patience does usually pay off.Cooks
been able to get several people 100 percent of the benefits owed, and the number of cases he
works keeps growing.
"It's priceless to see the smile on somebody's face when they get their benefits and (see) that the system does work."One of the reasons Cooks can help navigate the system free of charge is because Cooks is employed by Hunt County and the department and its services get funded by tax payer dollars.
"This is a discretionary service," Cooks said."We have been getting outstanding support (from the county staff)," Cooks said.He also works with the Texas Workforce.
In April, Cooks
and Freeman moved their two-man team to the Criminal Justice Center where they have found a new home next to the Hunt County
Despite, perhaps, the stigma of being located right next to the entrance to the jail, Cooks
loves the new digs.
"This location has worked well for us," he
now has privacy, plenty of parking and the location is handicapped accessible.He
also jokes that there is room to park tractors if someone should decide to venture into Greenville on one.
The two's teamwork has helped him win a prestigious award, Cooks
has recently been awarded the Outstanding Officer of the Year Award for 2006-2007 for the entire Dallas region, which includes larger counties such as Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties.
"We were competing against large counties, larger staffs," he
said, saying he
was really surprised to be selected.
...Les Cooks presents his secretary Peggy Freeman with an Outstanding Service to the Veterans of Hunt County award recently.
Freeman and Cooks
work together to help get veterans their entitled benefits.
Les Cooks, Rockwall County ...
Les Cooks, Rockwall County Veterans Service Officer, informs the attendees about the many services available for veterans.
Les can be reached at email@example.com