As a proud veteran with over 26 years of active Air Force service, Bill is grateful to America’s heroes – those who willingly risk their lives to serve our country and protect our freedoms. Johnson also believes that our support for these heroes must continue after they are welcomed back home. One of his top priorities is ensuring that our veterans and their families promptly receive the benefits, care, and services they have earned through their sacrifices – and now deserve.
Johnson has authored and supported numerous bills to ensure our veterans, their families and survivors are receiving the health care, educational and job training opportunities, and other benefits to which they are entitled. He introduced legislation to reform the VA’s fiduciary program and protect vulnerable veterans from becoming victims of fraud and abuse. Bill is a supporter of Blue Water Navy Veterans, and is a co-sponsor of H.R. 299, which would expand the presumption of coverage for those exposed to Agent Orange while serving in Vietnam and its territorial seas. Additionally, he was successful in having his “Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act” signed into law. This important law is providing necessary funds for VA hospital construction and renovation projects.
Johnson is also dedicated to finding solutions to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ disability claims backlog, and was proud to support legislation called H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, to ensure that our veterans are not waiting months – or in many cases years – to receive these crucial benefits. H.R. 2288 was signed into law by President Trump.
Johnson also introduced the “World War II Memorial Prayer Act” that requires a plaque or inscription with the words President Franklin Roosevelt prayed with the nation on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day, be placed on the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. This legislation has also been signed in to law.