Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas


Our military men and women put their lives on the line daily to protect our freedoms at home and around the world. It is our duty as Americans to honor their service and sacrifice by staying true to our commitment to care for them when they return home. I am committed to doing so and will continue to hold this Administration accountable for what I believe to be bureaucratic failures, which harm and dishonor our nation’s veterans.
Here are some of the legislative actions I have taken this year to hold the VA accountable.
H.R. 3230 – The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 was signed into law on August 7, 2014. This law requires allows veterans to receive care at non-VA facilities if they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA medical facility or if they are unable to secure an appointment at a VA facility within 30 days. It expands VA’s internal capacity to provide timely care to veterans and provides real accountability for incompetent or corrupt senior managers.
H.R. 4486 – This bill provides a $1.5 billion increase in funding to specifically address the backlog in processing disability claims, as a part of the full Veterans Affairs budget. It includes funding for access to medical care, job training and other earned benefits.
H.R. 4810 – This bill increases the provision of health care by contracting out to non-VA providers, allowing veterans the flexibility to visit health care professionals outside the VA system.
H.R. 4031 – This bill holds VA management and employees accountable by increasing the authority to fire VA employees who are ineffective.
H.R. 570 – This bill provides automatic COLA adjustments in the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.
H.R. 357 and H.R. 1412 – These bills expand the GI bill to include tuition fairness by allowing veterans to attend state-run higher education institutions at the in-state tuition rate, regardless of residency. I also voted to create more incentive for employers to hire veterans who use their GI Bill benefits to complete on-the-job training by increasing salary compensation paid by the VA. The employers pay less as a result of hiring qualified veterans.
H.R. 3060 – I introduced this bill that was signed into law to dedicate the Burleson post office to one of our fallen soldiers, Sergeant William Moody. Raised in Burleson, a true hometown hero, Sgt. Moody served two tours of duty in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan.

More on Veterans

Aug 27, 2015 Press Release

BURLESON, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) today honored a disabled veteran of the United States Navy, Mr. Hal Cleveland, by acknowledging his service and presiding over the installation of a new roof on his house which was donated by a local roofing company.

“Mr. Cleveland is an American hero, and his numerous tours of duty and accolades illustrate that,” said Williams. “Many of us have not given what he has, so we are here to thank him for his service and show him our appreciation for his commitment to the community, Texas and the United States.”

May 25, 2015 In The News

The skies alternated between hints of sunshine and cloud cover Monday morning but the rain held off, allowing more than 100 to gather in the Cleburne Cemetery for a Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony.

Residents milled with U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford, Cleburne Fire Chief Clint Ishmael, members of the Cleburne Police Department and other dignitaries before the ceremony began.

Apr 13, 2015 Video

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas), whose district includes part of Fort Hood, joined Bill Hemmer on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom on Friday to discuss the Purple Heart ceremony at Fort Hood and legislation he helped push through Congress to allow the victims of the November 5, 2009 attack to receive Purple Heart medals.

Apr 8, 2015 In The News

AUSTIN -- The oldest living U.S. veteran was honored on Wednesday with the presentation of an American flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) will present 108-year-old Richard Overton with the flag at a ceremony on Wednesday. Williams will also congratulate Overton on receiving a new roof donated by Lon Smith Roofing.

"I'm really surprised, I appreciate every bit. I pray to God that they do live a long time and do it again for somebody else. Not only me, do it for somebody else, too," said Overton.

Apr 2, 2015 Press Release

Austin, Texas – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today released the following statement observing the anniversary of the 2014 shooting at Fort Hood:

Mar 24, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today commended a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) decision to expand eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program by changing its distance calculation to mileage veterans must drive to the nearest VA medical facility.

“This is a common sense solution that is certainly a step in the right direction for veterans living in rural Texas,” said Williams. “I applaud this decision, but we need to continue to make sure we empower our veterans by no longer forcing them to travel long distances to seek care.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today spoke with Martha MacCallum of Fox News to discuss his bill, the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act.

“Four tours in Iraq and a countless number of Americans that he saved, I think his actions certainly warrant it (The Medal of Honor),” said Williams. “This is an opportunity for us to say how much we appreciate and understand what he did and thank him.”

Click on the image below to watch Williams speak on Fox News.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss his bill, the Chris Kyle Medal of Honor Act.

“Chris Kyle is someone who we should strive to be,” said Williams. “He is a true American patriot whose acts of valor must be permanently etched in our nation’s history.”

Click on the image below to watch Williams speak on the House floor.