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.
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Congressman Hank Johnson honored both veterans who have served our country, and the young people who have committed to joining our armed services at his “Extending the Legacy” ceremony June 2. Read More
In less than two weeks, Maxwell Blackman will leave home to attend the U.S. Military Academy in hopes of continuing his family’s legacy as military corpsman.
“I was surprised to find out I got in because the acceptance rate is so low,” said Maxwell, a 2017 Arabia Mountain High graduate.
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson recognized military veterans who served in the post-Korean War era, including those who served in the Vietnam War, on Friday.
Johnson held an “Extending the Legacy” program at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia as part of commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
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"A Georgia congressman is honoring local residents who are committed to serving our community. Hank Johnson said it's a symbolic passing of the torch between vets and students in the U.S. Service Academy."
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"People from all over the Atlanta area came out to remember the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam war. Congressman Hank Johnson hosted the event to honor those who served in the war and this year he celebrated the students in Fourth Congressional District who are nominated to attend military schools such as West Point."
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In Accordance With Public Law 110-181 SEC.598; the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act authorized the Secretary of Defense to conduct programs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
The commemorative program will include activities and ceremonies to achieve the following objectives:
Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at his “Extending the Legacy” program on Friday, June 2, 1 p.m., at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia.
The commemoration’s primary objective, as penned by Congress, is to thank and honor the Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation. The commemoration recognizes all who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975 and their families.
LITHONIA, GA – Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War at his “Extending the Legacy” program on June 2, 1 p.m. at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia.
Congressman Hank Johnson, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 4th congressional district, was in attendance along with host, Colonel Jeffery L. Richar, commander, 642d Regional Support Group.
Johnson served as the guest speaker expressing his immeasurable debt of gratitude to our Armed Forces and felt it an honor to show them that their service and sacrifice is appreciated.
“We as civilians appreciate what you do for our country, what you represent, and for being a part of what this great nation deserves. “Your needs will forever remain a priority.”
Dear Friends, The month of March was busy to say the least. We accomplished great work both in D.C. and through a series of events at home in the district. In D.C., among introducing bills and speaking out against “TrumpCare,” I served as a ranking member in my first T&I subcommittee hearing on the issue of the country’s national preparedness system.
Although I have hosted five town halls to date, more work is necessary to ensure that the benefits and accomplishments of the past eight years for all Americans aren’t abolished with a stroke of the pen.