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Mr. Les Cooks

Wrong Les Cooks?

Veterans Service Officer

Rockwall GOP
Phone: (972) ***-****  HQ Phone
Rockwall County GOP
105 S. San Jacinto
Rockwall, Texas 75087
United States


Employment History

  • Director Veteran Services
    Hunt County
  • President
    Veteran County Service Officer's Association of Texas
  • Lieutenant Colonel
    the United States Air Force Reserve
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Web References
Jerry Hogan — Rockwall GOP, 23 Dec 2013 [cached]
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.
Admin, 13 July 2011 [cached]
Les Cooks, Director Veteran Services
They have been Infantrymen (Grunts), Medics ... [cached]
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. His phone number is 972-204-7280, and his email is .
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. TVC 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 at 972-204-7280. He will help you navigate through the benefits process.
Hunt County Veterans Affairs Officer ..., 29 May 2011 [cached]
Hunt County Veterans Affairs Officer Les Cooks sees the names more often than anyone else. After all, one of his duties is to make sure each person from Hunt County who served in war time gets a space and gets their name displayed, if they so choose. Cooks said seeing the Roll of Honor was one of the things which first impressed him when he took the job.
"It's just like walking back into history," Cooks said.
In order to be included in the Roll of Honor, an individual had to have been living in Hunt County at the time of their entry of service into the military. Cooks said there is an $8 fee involved.
"That really just covers the engraving costs," Cooks said, explaining he places about a half dozen names in the cases at a time.
But the wall is hardly Cooks only job. Cooks retired as a Lieutenant Colonel with the United States Air Force Reserve after a more than three decade career. He spends much of his time these days working alongside his secretary, Peggy Freeman, helping veterans and their families navigate the sometimes tricky process of obtaining benefits and services, which he does free of charge.
In addition to the Roll of Honor, Cooks said he has always admired how the level of patriotism evident in Hunt County.
"It's basically a pro-military county," Cooks said. "They really appreciate military people."
Cooks said one example can be found in the number of veterans service organizations in Hunt County. In addition to his office, there are 10 other organizations; including four American Legion posts, two Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, an Amvets post, a local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and the Hunt County Veterans Honor Guard.
Cooks said as long as men and women from Hunt County go to war, there will be a place for each of their names on the second floor of the Hunt County Courthouse.
GREENVILLE - One veteran at ..., 19 Nov 2007 [cached]
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, Cooks 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.But, he said, he's 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 said he's 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 Jail.
Despite, perhaps, the stigma of being located right next to the entrance to the jail, Cooks said, he loves the new digs.
"This location has worked well for us," he said.
He said 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 said.
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.
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