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.
- 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.
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 held a telephone town hall from his Washington, D.C. office on Wednesday, January 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. He called 40,000 residents in the Fourth District to hear their thoughts on what they would like to see him work on in 2018.
Mr. Johnson spoke to residents for more than an hour and 20 minutes on such topics as the immigration, taxes, President Trump, assistance with federal agencies and help for veterans -- among many other important topics.
For 1st Time in Modern History, Party In Control of House, Senate & White House Shuts Down Government
DECATUR, GA – For the fifth time in 30 years, Republicans have shut down the federal government. As the nation braces for the Trump Shutdown, Rep. Johnson (GA-04) called out Republicans for failing to allow a bipartisan solution to keep government open and meet the needs of the American people.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Rep.Johnson joined with House Democratic colleagues in signing a petition to force a vote on the bipartisan DREAM Act, which would provide a permanent solution to allow young undocumented immigrants brought here as children to remain in this country legally. If the petition is signed by a majority of members, the House would be forced to take a vote on this legislation. Rep. Johnson also called on Republicans to participate in this effort to force a vote.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement after the Trump Administration announced it would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
Congressman Hank Johnson released the following statement after President Trump signed a memorandum ordering the Pentagon to block transgender Americans from enlisting in the military:
“Everyone, including our transgender men and women who bravely serve our country in uniform, deserve our respect and support. Instead, this Contrarian-in-Chief subjects them to discrimination by threatening to prevent them from serving in our armed services. We cannot allow this kind of blatant bigotry to go unchecked in the land of the free and the home of the brave."
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) released the following statement after President Trump threatened the North Korean regime with "fire and fury like the world has never seen" during a photo opportunity at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey:
WASHINGTON - Today, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee applauded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for finalizing a rule to prohibit the use of pre-dispute, binding (“forced”) arbitration in contracts for consumer financial products such as checking or savings accounts, student loans, or credit cards.
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.