Northwest Louisiana Congressman Johnson has again made good on his promise to support veterans by inviting local combat veteran, Brian Steorts, to the state of the union address. Steorts will be Johnson’s guest of honor at the event, which is scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Steorts is a Bossier native who was born on Barksdale Air Force Base. He has been deployed to combat zones eight times during his career.

Steorts began his military career as a paratrooper in the 82nd airborne division. He left the army to attend college, and after the 9/11 attacks he joined the Air Force and became a special operations pilot.

After being injured and leaving the military, Steorts returned home and began rehabilitation for his injuries. During this time he started his own company, Flags of Valor, which handcrafts wooden American flags, military flags, and apparel. Flags of Valor is “veteran-owned, veteran-operated and combat-veteran-made.”

“I am honored to have Brian join me at the State of the Union. Not only did he serve our country in combat, but he now serves our veterans by providing them an opportunity, employment, and fulfillment when they return home,” Johnson said. “I am struck by all that he has accomplished and by his passion and love of all things America. Brian sets a remarkable example for all of us, and I am so grateful to have him join us for this historic event.”