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:
Voted on January 9, 2020, in favor of a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s military actions regarding Iran.
Introduced the bipartisan H. Res. 706, which designates Nov. 9 as “Gold Star Father’s Day” nationally in 2019.
Hosted the “Extending the Legacy” program at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia on June 2, 2017, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War and veterans in the 4th District.
- Continues to advocate for The Gold Star Family Support and Installation Act of 2017 which would allow families of service members to maintain access to military installations, so they can receive support and have access to services if their loved ones pass during active duty.
- Original cosponsor of H.R. 5741, the Military Research and Development Act, to require annual reporting on the on the research, development, test, and evaluation capabilities of the Department of Defense.
- Cosponsored H.R.5467, the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, to amend title 10, United States Code, to extend certain morale, welfare, and recreation privileges to certain veterans and their caregivers, to authorize the appropriation of funds for the purpose of improving the electronic physical access control system used by military commissaries and exchanges, and for other purposes.
- Cosponsored H.R.5301, to amend title 38, United States Code, to prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from requiring a surviving spouse of a veteran to return certain payments for a month in which the veteran dies.
What Hank will do:
- 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
Normally this time of year, I would be writing a speech for a program at the Walk of Heroes Veterans Memorial Park in Rockdale County and preparing words of encouragement for the DeKalb County Veterans Affairs Advisory Annual Memorial Day ceremony.
But this year is obviously different.
As the nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, this Memorial Day we can all take a personal, private moment to honor our fallen heroes and mark this moment despite the uncertainty.
STONE MOUNTAIN— On Feb. 18, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced his office nominated 20 students to attend a U.S. Service Academy: Military Academy (West Point), Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy and the ROTC Congressional Scholarship Initiative.
The Congressman also honored two Fourth District veterans who served their country and home and abroad. The reception was held at Stone Mountain’s Art Station.
The Congressman’s office will announce official service academy appointments between May and June.
CLARKSTON, GA — On Thursday, February 20, Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson (GA-04) will host his Restoration Resources Fair for ex-offenders, previously incarcerated, returning citizens or those caught up in the system.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- On Thursday, Rep. Johnson voted in favor of a War Powers Resolution to limit President Trump’s military actions regarding Iran. This resolution reiterates that only Congress can declare war and affirms that Congress has not authorized the use of military force against Iran. Hence, it states that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran must end.
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-07) have introduced the bipartisan H. Res. 706, which designates Nov. 9 as “Gold Star Father’s Day” nationally.
Reps. Johnson, Woodall introduce bipartisan “Gold Star Father’s Day” to honor veteran families
WASHINGTON, D.C.— On November 15, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) and Congressman Rob Woodall (GA-07) introduced the bipartisan H. Res. 706, which designates Nov. 9 as “Gold Star Father’s Day,” nationally.
ROCKDALE COUNTY, Ga. - The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners paid their respects to service members at the Walk of Heroes Veterans War Memorial Park.
Dear Veterans and families,
Every Veterans Day, Americans come together to remember those who have served our country around the world in the name of freedom and democracy.
The debt we owe you is immeasurable. Your sacrifices, and those of your families, are freedom’s foundation. Without the brave efforts of all of you -- soldiers, sailors, airmen and women, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and women and your families -- our country would not be free.
Thank you to everyone who attended our town halls this month in Conyers and Covington or who tuned in on our Facebook live feed. We had four successful town halls in every county in the Fourth District, and I thank everyone who participated. We had four excellent discussions on the issues of the day. I’ll be conducting telephone town halls in the near future, and we’re holding a Twitter town hall on Nov. 6 from 3:30-4:40 PM. I’ll have more details on those upcoming town halls soon.
District 4 Congressman Hank Johnson reached thousands of residents in person and via Facebook live during his “Moving The Fourth Forward” town hall series. The town halls, which began at the Lou Walker Senior Center in DeKalb County on Aug. 13 concluded at the Newton County Historic Courthouse on Oct. 10.