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Congressman Hank Johnson

Representing the 4th District of Georgia

Armed Services and Veterans Affairs

What Hank believes:

  • The U.S. military is the greatest fighting force in history, and the men and women who serve in it must be honored and amply rewarded -- never neglected.
  • We should always seek diplomatic solutions first, but we must maintain our capacity to defeat any enemy.
  • American forces in harm’s way must receive all of the equipment necessary to safely achieve their objectives, regardless of legislators’ opposition to the broader war.
  • Veterans are owed the best services and compensation for their bravery that can be offered by the United States.
  • The House Armed Services Committee, on which I serve, must be accessible to all veterans and active duty personnel.

What Hank has done:

  • Hank helped more than 400 veterans, military personnel and their families received help at his 2011 Veterans and Armed Forces Expo at DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston in April 2011. Helping veterans and military personnel receive the benefits they deserve is one of the main reasons why Hank serves. Since 2007, Hank has helped hundreds of veterans receive the benefits owed them by the federal government.
  • Cosponsored the Dignified Treatment of Wounded Warriors Act, which passed both House and Senate. It will implement a comprehensive policy for the care and management of members of the Armed Forces who are undergoing treatment, recuperation, or therapy, are in medical hold or holdover status, or are otherwise on the temporary disability retired list for serious injury or illness.
  • Cosponsored the Veterans Guaranteed Bonus Act of 2007, which passed the House. It will prevent the Department of Defense from breaking its promise to provide bonuses for members of the Armed Forces who are retired or separated for disability due to a combat-related injury.
  • Cosponsored the SBA Veterans’ Programs Act of 2007, which passed the House. It expands the Small Business’ Administration outreach to and service of veteran entrepreneurs and business owners.
  • Condemned and investigated the shameful treatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed. 


What Hank will do:

  • From his post on the Armed Services Committee, call for increased funding of veterans’ services to ensure the highest level of care for those who have sacrificed for this country.
  • Effectively oversee the activities of the Department of Defense and its contractors, as according to the Constitution's Congressional mandate.
  • Support the continued development of history’s finest military as it evolves to address future challenges.

More on Armed Services and Veterans Affairs

January 19, 2017 Press Release

CLARKSTON, G.A.—On Jan. 15, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) co-hosted an event to take a stand against the GOP agenda and its budget.

The town hall was co-hosted by Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry.

The event was held to hold the GOP accountable for their budget that calls for drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Johnson praised the Obama administration at the event and echoed the voices of many guest speakers who have pledged to hold the GOP in Washington accountable.

January 19, 2017 Press Release
CLARKSTON, G.A.—On Jan. 15, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) co-hosted an event to take a stand against the GOP agenda and its budget. The town hall was co-hosted by Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry. The event was held to hold the GOP accountable for their budget that calls for drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Congressman Johnson praised the Obama administration at the event and echoed the voices of many guest speakers who have pledged to hold the GOP in Washington accountable.
December 16, 2016 Speech

DeKalb County Veterans Day Program, Friday, 4 November 2016, 11 AM 

Thank you Lee for that kind introduction, and thank you to the DeKalb Veterans Advisory Board for inviting me here this morning.

Congratulations to our esteemed honoree today – Major General Maria Britt U.S. Army Retired. I look forward to your thoughts and hearing from all our speakers.

Today is a special day – or technically next Friday is a hallowed day – when we honored those who served.

This year’s theme is “Honoring Those Who Served: Excellence.”

November 18, 2016 Press Release

Congressman Hank Johnson held a telephone town hall from his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. He called 50,000 residents in the Fourth District to hear their thoughts on the results of the Nov. 8 General Election and to listen to what they would like to see him work on in the 115th Congress that begins Jan. 3, 2017. 

November 10, 2016 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

I was honored to participate this year in DeKalb County’s Veterans Day celebration. The theme was “Honoring Those Who Served: Excellence.”

I can’t think of a more succinct, to-the-point title.

October 3, 2016 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

October 3, 2016 Editorial

Boston Globe: What comes after ISIS matters: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/11/18/what-comes-after-isis-matters/wzC3nfzaowI9UdutoZcjTP/story.html | Original published November 19, 2015. 

July 8, 2016 E-newsletters

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, it gives me great pride to serve citizens of the Fourth District, Georgia and our nation. Every day  I go to work – whether in Washington or in Georgia – I work on behalf of the men and women who so honorably and bravely serve in the U.S. Armed Forces.

On this Fourth of July, I especially want to salute the men and women and their families who serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Thank you for all that you do!

July 8, 2016 E-newsletters

Dear Friends,

(Pictured above) On July 1, 2015, Rep. Johnson pinned Rockdale County resident Ret. Command Sgt. Maj. Simon Ramos with the Purple Heart for wounds he received in Vietnam in 1962. The ceremony was held at the WALK OF HEROES/Vietnam War Memorial in Conyers.

In recognition of Memorial Day weekend, I’m renewing my vow to fight to ensure veterans and military families have the resources they need by reaffirming a basic pledge that just as our soldiers leave no one behind on the battlefield, we must never leave our veterans behind at home.