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  • General William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint Va-Dod Health Care Facility

    by Representative Brad R. Wenstrup

    Posted on 2013-11-18

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    WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the bill (H.R. 272) to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, as the ``General William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint VA-DOD Health Care Facility'', as amended.



    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 272 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. NAME OF THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS AND DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE JOINT OUTPATIENT CLINIC, MARINA, CALIFORNIA.

    (a) Designation.--The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed at [[Page H7166]] the intersection of the proposed Ninth Street and the proposed First Avenue in Marina, California, shall be known and designated as the ``Major General William H. Gourley VA- DOD Outpatient Clinic''.

    (b) References.--Any reference in a law, regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States to the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic referred to in subsection (a) shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic''.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Wenstrup) and the gentlewoman from California (Mrs. Davis) each will control 20 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Ohio.

    General Leave Mr. WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on the bill under consideration.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Ohio? There was no objection.

    Mr. WENSTRUP. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    Mr. Speaker, I rise in strong support of H.R. 272, which designates the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense joint outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, as the General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic.

    I want to commend Representative Sam Farr of California for sponsoring this legislation.

    {time} 1745 Mr. Speaker, the late Major General William H. Gourley gave this Nation 36 years of committed and distinguished service in the United States Army. That service took him to far off places such as Vietnam, Korea, Turkey, and Germany, where he had an immediate and positive impact on the soldiers and officers with whom he served.

    When General Gourley's service to the Nation was done, he returned to his beloved Monterey, California, to retire. He became actively involved in the Monterey community, helping to oversee the restructuring of Fort Ord for civilian reuse following the Base Realignment and Closure decision to shut down that Army post.

    Mr. Speaker, General Gourley was also instrumental in paving the way for the joint VA-DOD outpatient clinic to be constructed in Marina, California, which is why it is fitting that that clinic, which when completed will serve our Active Duty and retired military, their families and veterans, be named the General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic.

    General Gourley dedicated his life to serving the military. The VA- DOD clinic will stand as a reminder of his service to all those who will benefit from the health care provided by the clinic in the future.

    Mr. Speaker, I urge all Members to support this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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