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Director, Veterans Services
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (Ret.)
the United States Air Force Reserve
• Les Cooks, Director Veteran Services
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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 (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 email@example.com . 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 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.