The House on Thursday morning held a moment of silence for U.S. armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, led by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas). Moments later, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) honored Johnson's own service.

"Thirty-eight years ago today, Sam Johnson stepped off a plane in Texas after being held as a prisoner of war for seven years in Vietnam. He's a great American," he said to sustained applause.