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
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that makes key investments to improve the lives of Servicemembers and military families, while also strengthening our national security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) voted for critical legislation that would keep the federal government open, secure emergency funding to help communities devastated by natural disasters and help resettle Afghan refugees fleeing persecution and prevent a devastating debt default.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) provided the following statement before the House Rules Committee today offering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to reform the Pentagon’s 1033 Program, which sends local law enforcement agencies free military weapons and equipment straight from battlefields aboard to the streets, colleges and universities throughout the United States:
ATLANTA, GA -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement on the terrorist attack in Kabul:
“I deeply regret the loss of life due to the cowardly terrorist attack on American soldiers and innocent Afghans seeking refuge from terror. My prayers are with the victims and their families, and for the safe and complete evacuation of civilians and the long overdue withdrawal of remaining US military forces from Afghanistan.”
STONECREST, GA — Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) today announced that he is accepting applications from students seeking nominations and appointments to a U.S. Military Service Academy – Army, Air Force, Navy or Merchant Marines.
WASHINGTON, D.C -- Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued this statement on the situation in Afghanistan:
DECATUR, GA – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden delivered his Address to a Joint Session of Congress tonight in Washington.
DECATUR, GA—Congressman Henry “Hank” Johnson announced today that many Georgians who receive Veterans’ benefits could expect Economic Impact Payments of up to $1,400 hit their bank accounts beginning this week.
Many Georgians have already received Economic Impact Payments as part of the American Rescue Plan that Rep. Johnson helped pass into law.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) sent a letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. urging him to issue an executive order to de-militarize law enforcement agencies across the country.
Congressman Johnson, sponsor of the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act (SMLEA) since 2014, said a well-executed executive order that reflects the language of his bill would be: “a reasonable step towards demilitarizing our police forces while preserving the safety of our communities.”
To say 2020 has been a challenging year is an understatement. Many of us have lost loved ones and all of us have faced hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic during this difficult and trying year.
The good news is vaccines are now being administered to frontline and healthcare workers – and will soon be available to senior citizens and people with underlying conditions. By the spring and summer, younger and healthier people should be able to get vaccinated as well.