Congressman Roger Williams

Representing the 25th District of Texas

Veterans

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

May 24, 2016 Newsletter
May 20, 2016 Press Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood in the U.S. Congress, had three of his requests included in the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations bill to address the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) patient backlog, project cost overruns and the toll-free crisis hotline after calls went unanswered.

Jan 15, 2016 Column

This week, President Obama is going around the country to re-hash some of the themes from his State of the Union. I have a better idea: how about he start apologizing for the last seven years?

I’ve decided to help the president by highlighting some of the lowlights that he should address. I’ve also taken the liberty of assisting the president’s speech writers by putting this in a speech format for him:

Dec 23, 2015 Column

As we approach the new year, it is a great time to reflect on 2015. While the past year has brought much frustration and disappointment from Washington, it is the Texas spirit of resolve, determination and willingness to confront challenges head-on that give me hope for the future.
 
November marked six years since the unspeakable tragedy that occurred at Fort Hood. This year we were finally able to get the Obama Administration to admit the events that transpired on that fateful day were an act of terrorism and not workplace violence.
 

Nov 12, 2015 Press Release

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Congressman Roger Williams (R-Texas) on Wednesday spoke on the steps of the Texas Capitol to honor our nation’s veterans:

"America is truly an exceptional nation, and that is because of our veterans who have preserved our freedom. Anytime or anywhere this freedom is challenged our military answers the call.

“On this ‪Veterans Day we honor the elite group of men and women who made sacrifices to ensure we could continue our normal way of life.”

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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.