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

Sep 18, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor last week to honor Fort Hood on its 75th Anniversary.

Since becoming a permanent military installation, “The Great Place,” has proven its resiliency time and time again. It is the only post in the United States capable of stationing and training two full armored divisions within its campus, and it has positioned itself as an economic frontrunner in the State of Texas. It is a true honor to get to represent and fight for the people of Fort Hood each and every day.

Sep 18, 2017 Column

Representing Fort Hood – one of the largest military bases in the world – is the greatest honor I have as the Representative of Texas’ 25th Congressional District. Known as ‘The Great Place,’ it is the gold standard for the U.S. Army. It is composed of some of the bravest and most selfless people we have in this country. These men and women are not only an asset to Central Texas, they are vital to achieving the United States’ national security strategy.

Aug 3, 2017 Press Release

AUSTIN – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after Fort Hood Army Base was granted 145 million dollars of funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Operations and Maintenance appropriated funds:

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed S. 114, the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act.

Jul 27, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Thursday after the House passed H.R. 3219, Make America Secure Appropriations Act, with a vote of 235-192.

Jun 22, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Wednesday after the passing of retired General Robert M. Shoemaker. 
Gen (R) Shoemaker passed away on June 22 at the age of 93. Born in 1924, Shoemaker graduated from the United States Military Academy and later went on to serve in the 1st Calvary Division, III Corps and U.S. Army Forces Command. He retired from the Army in 1982 to the Killeen-Fort Hood area. 

Jun 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin), who represents Fort Hood, one of the largest United States military installations in the world, released the following statement Monday after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary David Shulkin announced his decision to overhaul the VA electronic medical system to make it compatible with the Department of Defense (DoD).  
 

May 23, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor on Tuesday to recognize Military Appreciation Month. 

This month is dedicated to recognizing those in the military who risk their lives in order to protect our nation. 

Williams’ remarks are below:

“Mr. Speaker, I’d like to take this time to recognize Military Appreciation Month.

“This month allows us the opportunity to educate Americans regarding the impact our military has had throughout history.

May 17, 2017 Video

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Roger Williams (R – Austin) took to the House floor on Tuesday to honor the Comfort Crew for Military Kids on their 10th anniversary. 

This organization provides military children specific resources and programs to help meet basic needs while their parents are deployed.  They assist with preparing our youth so they can confidently face the unique challenges our military families experience. 

Williams’ remarks are below:

Mar 20, 2017 Newsletter