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District Update | October 13, 2020
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Congressman Paul Cook Receives Award from the Marine Corps Reserve Association
The Marine Corps Reserve Association presented Congressman Paul Cook with the Association’s highest honor, the “Non-Sibi, Sed Patriae” (Not for Self, But for Country). In the 60 years the award has been presented, only a handful of people have received it.

Congressman Cook, a Lifetime Member of the Marine Corps Reserve Association, began his service to our country in 1966, swearing allegiance to “defend this country against all enemies” and becoming a Second Lieutenant of the United States Marine Corps. For his service in Vietnam, Cook received two Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbons, and a Bronze Star with a "V" for gallantry. He served in the Marine Corps for 26 years, retiring as a Colonel in 1992.

Congressman Cook said, “I want to thank Colonel Hopper and the Marine Corps Reserve Association for honoring me with this important award. I’m deeply humbled by this occasion, and it’s been the privilege of a lifetime to have had the opportunity to continue serving our military during my time in Congress. For 244 years, the Marines have been protecting America at home and abroad. I know that 244 years from now, the Marines will still be making a difference in the world.”

In presenting the award to Cook, Colonel Ken Hopper (Ret.), National President of the Marine Corps Reserve Association, said, “The criteria for this award is simple; an individual must show a consistent devotion to the interests of the National Defense, the Marine Corps, and the Marine Corps Reserve. Only those military and civilian leaders who have demonstrated these qualities will receive this award. Paul has given 54 years to public service, with 34 of those years at the federal level. It is my distinct honor and privilege to present the Non-Sibi, Sed Patriae award to Marine Corps Reserve Association Lifetime Member, Congressman Paul Cook."

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the United States, more than 10 million women and men suffer from domestic violence each year. Now more than ever, we must raise awareness as many victims and their children are stuck at home with their abusers due to COVID-19.

If you have experienced some form of violence, reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline for free, confidential, and 24/7 help: 1 (800) 799-7233.

You can also access the live-chat at https://www.thehotline.org.

You can overcome this, and you are not alone. 

What Should You Know About The Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. To learn more about the Coronavirus, its symptoms, and how it spreads, click here to access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus fact sheet.

Situation Summary
CDC in Action
What to do if you are sick
Frequently Asked Questions

For the latest information on the Coronavirus disease, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at CDC.gov.

Additional information from our county public health sites can be found here:
- Mono County Public Health
- Inyo County Public Health
- San Bernardino Public Health

Please visit my website for more Coronavirus information and resources: cook.house.gov 

For those of you who've asked how you can help fight the Coronavirus, please visit this page.

Identify and Avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams
Unfortunately, fraud reports have spiked due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and scammers exploiting the crisis to find new ways to cash in at the expense of residents. Below are examples provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of common frauds and tips on how to recognize them to avoid being scammed:

- Learn how to tell the difference between a real contact tracer and a scammer. Legitimate tracers need health information, not money or personal financial information.

- Don’t respond to texts, emails or calls about checks from the government. Here’s what you need to know.

- Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they work.

- Be wary of ads for test kits. Most test kits being advertised have not been approved by the FDA, and aren’t necessarily accurate.

- Hang up on robocalls. Scammers are using illegal robocalls to pitch everything from low-priced health insurance to work-at-home schemes.

- Watch for emails claiming to be from the CDC or WHO. Use sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus to get the latest information. And don’t click on links from sources you don’t know.

- Do your homework when it comes to donations. Never donate in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money. 

Spooktacular Trunk or Treat Event for Special Needs Families
Please make sure you sign up HERE so we can have spaced car groups go through the trunks. Cars will not be going through the event; you will be walking through it. Parking will be located off of Palm Street and Mesa Street.

There will be no parking allowed inside the parking lot unless you have a handicapped placard.

Date: October 17, 2020
Time: 3PM - 5PM

Location:
Rick Novack Community Center
13558 Palm Street
Hesperia, CA 92344

Contact Information:
(760) 998-2241 

Victorville Community Cleanup Day
Victorville's next Community Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020 starting at 8 AM. Volunteers receive a free t-shirt and discount coupons for lunch at numerous Victorville restaurants. The City provides gloves, trash bags, litter sticks, and bottled water. The City also disposes of all collected litter.

Click HERE to sign up on line. Paper waivers are available by calling the City of Victorville Environmental Programs Division at (760) 955-8615. Volunteers must sign up by October 12 by 5 PM to get a t-shirt.

Date and Time:
Saturday, October 24, 2020
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Click to Access: San Bernardino County Black Infant Health Program
Within a culturally affirming environment and honoring the unique history of African American women, the Black Infant Health (BIH) Program uses a group-based approach with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn strategies for reducing stress, and build social support. BIH participants participate in weekly group sessions, supported by one-to-one case management, designed to help access their own strengths and set health-promoting goals for themselves and their babies.

Current BIH Guidelines For Participation

- Self-identify as African-American
- 16 years of age or older
- Pregnant or up to six months postpartum
- Resident of San Bernardino County

Refer A Woman To BIH
Complete the Program Referral Form.

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board
Were you laid off, have experienced a reduction in hours or unable to work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

San Bernardino County Workforce Development Board may be able to assist you with the following supportive services!

The supportive services may include, but are not limited to:
- Equipment Necessary to Telework
- Housing Assistance
- Utility Assistance
- Childcare
- Transportation

To find out if you are eligible and to learn more, please contact your local America's Job Center.

East Valley AJCC
658 E. Brier Drive, Suite 100
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 382-0440

High Desert AJCC
17310 Bear Valley Road, Suite 109
Victorville, CA 92395
(760) 552-6550

For more information, please visit www.caljobs.ca.gov or call 1-800-451-JOBS (5627)      

My office is here to help you. If you or someone you know needs help with the Veterans' Administration please call my Apple Valley District Office at (760) 247-1815.

Victorville City Searching For Local Veterans to Honor in Tribute Video
The City of Victorville is inviting the community to identify local Veterans from Victorville to be honored in its Veterans Day tribute video.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancelation of the City’s Annual Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony, the City will continue with tradition and produce its annual video tribute recognizing local Victorville Veterans. The Salute to Victorville Veterans video will be posted to the City of Victorville’s website, Facebook, and Instagram pages on Veterans Day, November 11.

Veterans can complete the Information Forms themselves, or the forms can be completed by friends and family. This tribute is for all Veterans, current and past, with any length of military service that is active duty, reserve component or National Guard with any U.S. military branch.

The only requirement is the Veteran must have lived in Victorville at some point in his or her lifetime.

“The coronavirus won’t stop us from honoring our hometown heroes this Veterans Day. Though we are unable to gather in person for our Parade and Ceremony, we will continue our tradition of producing our Victorville Veterans tribute video,” said Victorville Mayor, Gloria Garcia. “Please tell us about veterans you know and love so that we can express our gratitude for their military service and recognize them in our Salute to Victorville Veterans video.”

Veteran Information Forms are now available on the City’s website at VictorvilleCA.gov/VeteranForm and must be submitted by November 1.

For more information or to request a printed copy of the Veteran Information Form, contact Public Information Officer, Sue Jones by phone at (760) 955-1681 or by email at VictorvilleVeteran@Victorvilleca.gov.

Press release originally from Victor Valley News Group

Next Monday: 5th Annual National Virtual Convening, Caregivers at the Forefront
Caring for someone has never been more difficult. Now, it’s never been more important.

Please join the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on October 19th at 1:00 p.m. — 4:30 p.m. EST for the 5th Annual National Virtual Convening, Caregivers at the Forefront—free and open to all— for a timely national discussion around the emerging issues in caregiving as a result of these challenging times.

Presented by Philips, the convening will include special remarks by Senator Elizabeth Dole, The Honorable VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and more. Keynote Addresses will be given by Dr. Anthony Fauci and Fox News Anchor Harris Faulkner.

America’s hidden heroes continue to answer the call to serve. Even in the face of a national crisis, this community is an inspiring example of selfless service and sacrifice. Through virtual networking sessions, engaging presentations, and our Virtual Innovation Showcase, attendees will take away critical resources for helping the military and veteran population in this time of great need.

Ensure caregivers are at the forefront for the future. Register here today.

For questions, please contact: events@elizabethdolefoundation.org

Free Intro Dog Training Classes for Veterans
Working Dogs For Warriors is a California 501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization, Dedicated to helping our Nation's Warriors by Training and Donating Service dogs to Veterans and First Responders.

For questions, please call (909) 767-1225.

When:
1st and 3rd Thursday of every month 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where:
2501 Pacific Street
San Bernardino, CA 92404

Seeking Safety Support Group

Inland Empire Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program
Proudly serving Inland Empire Veterans who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. The Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP) can help you find employment opportunities in the community and get you back on your feet - and back HOME.

Documentation Requirements:
- Current Photo ID
- Social Security Card or Right to Work Documents
- DD214 or Proof of Service Letter

HVRP Requirements can be found HERE.

Services Offered Include:
- Access to employment opportunities
- Employment preparation training
- Education and technical skills classes and certifications
- On-the-Job training opportunities
- One-on-One career counseling
- Virtual career services
- Networking opportunities
- Access to partner services: including Housing, Transportation, Health Services, Mental Heal and Substance Abuse Counseling, and Veterans Benefits Assistance

For eligibility requirements and enrollment, email HVRP@goodwillsocal.org

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

For more information, call (909) 890-1517. Goodwill Southern California provides, upon request, reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities.

The TTY/TTD phone number is (909) 885-2382. Please contact the staff 72 hours in advance.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. *Services subject to availability and participant eligibility.*

For questions please contact:
Carlos Bonilla,
Chief Navy Counselor (Ret)
(909) 659-4849 or email at
cbonilla@goodwillsocal.org

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