As the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant, John learned about the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make at an early age. Having grown up in this environment, he understands the unique challenges military families face. He is committed to advocating policies that will enhance the quality of life for both our veterans and their families.
John currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, where he helps assist veterans in making a smooth transition into civilian life. In this difficult economy, John has worked with his colleagues in Congress to make certain veterans have all the economic opportunities they deserve and ensure they assume their rightful role as an indispensible part of America’s work force.
“We cannot turn our backs on the very men and women who have put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms.” – John Boozman
John has introduced a number of bills during the 111th Congress to provide more job opportunities for our veterans and enhance their quality of life post-service. He is the lead author of H.R. 1168, the “Veterans’ Retraining Act of 2009,” which increases training assistance for certain veterans who have been unemployed longer than four months. The bill also authorizes a housing stipend for veterans who are participating in a re-training program and up to $5,000 in moving expenses for the veteran who completes the training to move to an area of the country that has jobs to fit their new skill.
In the 110th Congress, John played an integral role in the passage of the Post 9/11 GI Benefit. This landmark law is the largest single increase in veterans’ education benefits since World War II. It provides veterans with upfront tuition payments directly to the school, a monthly living allowance and a book stipend of $1,000 per year.
John is proud to serve on the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health. He led the charge to provide advance funding for VA healthcare budgets. Largely due to John’s efforts, the “Veterans Healthcare Budget Reform and Transparency Act of 2009” became law on October 22, 2009.
“I strived to put my medical background to work for the benefit of our veterans. When we saw a large increase in eye-related injuries afflicting veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, I authored language to create a Vision Center of Excellence to provide acute eye care for our troops.” – John Boozman
When the veterans in Arkansas need help, they turn to John because they know he is committed to delivering for them. To help meet the needs of Arkansas’ growing veterans population, John secured federal funds to construct a 108-bed state veterans nursing home within the Washington County Medical Center. When the Arkansas Legislature had trouble coming up with their share of the funds, it was John who came through to make that project a reality.
“As a public servant, the care and recognition of our veterans is one of my highest priorities. I am committed to seeing that all of the promises made to our veterans, military retirees and their families are upheld. Doing what it takes to fund must-have facilities and programs in Arkansas is a crucial part of that pledge.” – John Boozman