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

Nov 16, 2017 In The News

An estimated 400 to 500 people were on hand for the dedication of the Whitney Veterans Memorial Park, located at 217 South Colorado Street, Saturday, November 11.

Keynote speaker Congressman Roger Williams delivered remarks, saying that he was honored to be present for the Veterans Day event. 

"When Americans see this park, they will see strength, they will see honor and they will see bravery," Williams said. 

Nov 13, 2017 In The News

On Friday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, Somervell County honored its military veterans at an assembly with Glen Rose ISD students and area residents — an event that featured Congressman Roger Williams overseeing the special recognition and appreciation given to local Vietnam-era veterans.

Nov 13, 2017 In The News

On Friday, Nov. 10, the day before Veterans Day, Somervell County honored its military veterans at an assembly with Glen Rose ISD students and area residents — an event that featured Congressman Roger Williams overseeing the special recognition and appreciation given to local Vietnam-era veterans.


Somervell County veterans who were active during the Vietnam War Era were eligible to be honored with a certificate and a medallion marking the nation’s 50th anniversary of that war.

Nov 13, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

This past weekend allowed me to travel the district and spend time meeting and speaking with our veterans. These American heroes put their lives on the line for our country's freedom, and each and every one of them holds a special place in my heart. I am humbled to represent and fight for them in Congress. God bless the armed forces and God bless America!

Tax Reform

Nov 6, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

I am heartbroken after learning of the hateful shooting yesterday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The thought of someone walking into a place of worship and opening fire on innocent people is unthinkable. I am thankful for the brave citizen in this small town who helped stop the shooter, and I know the Lord is watching over the victims, their families, and all of the first responders who were affected. I will continue lifting up Texas with prayer.

Nov 3, 2017 Page

The 25th District of Texas is home to Fort Hood, as well as thousands of brave veterans. Our district is made up of so many American heroes who have put their lives on the line for this nation, and as the Congressional representative of a proud military community, each and every veteran holds a special place in my heart.

Nov 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, announced that he will be sharing the stories of veterans located throughout the 25th Congressional District of Texas on his Congressional website throughout the month of November in honor of Veterans Day.

Oct 10, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As we arrive back in Washington today, my focus continues to be on fighting for economic freedom from our overburdening tax system. As I have said for years, we have to simplify our system and lower our rates to put more money back in the pockets of hardworking Americans like yourself. Here are some highlights from last week and the week ahead that I'd like you to be aware of:

Tax Reform Update

Sep 26, 2017 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

Last week I traveled across the 25th Congressional District of Texas, and am happy to report that I was able to complete our summer tour of all 13 counties. Here are some highlights from the past week:

Sep 20, 2017 In The News

On Sept. 18, 1942, then-Camp Hood opened up as a tank destroyer training camp in response to the German tanks of World War II.

Three-quarters of a century later, the post is home to III Armored Corps and is the only Army installation capable of hosting two armored divisions.

Community leaders, state representatives and retired Army generals joined senior leaders of Fort Hood at the Army post’s Club Hood on Monday, celebrating 75 years as the nation’s premier military installation.