As a proud 26-year Air Force veteran, 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 that they have earned through their sacrifices and now deserve.
Johnson has authored and supported numerous bills to ensure that our veterans, their families and survivors are receiving the health care, educational and job training opportunities, and other benefits to which they are entitled. Johnson is also dedicated to finding solutions to the Department of Veterans Affairs' disability claims backlog, and is pushing legislation called H.R. 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016 to ensure that our veterans are not waiting months - or in many cases years - to receive these crucial benefits.
Recently, Bill introduced H.R. 2605, legislation to reform the VA's fiduciary program and protect vulnerable veterans from becoming victims of fraud and abuse, and has also authored H.R. 3101, the Prisoners of War (POW) Accountability Act to better ensure the accuracy of the VA’s POW list. Additionally, Johnson 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 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 been signed in to law.