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  • Honoring General William H. Gourley With Health Clinic Bearing His Name

    by Representative Sam Farr

    Posted on 2013-01-15

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    FARR asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. FARR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce a bill to name the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense joint clinic to be constructed in my district the William H. Gourley Federal Outpatient Clinic: A Joint VA-DOD Health Care Facility.



    General Gourley was fond of championing his own special commandments, his own 10 Golden Rules. His 10th Golden Rule was: make a better Army and Corps for your subordinates to inherit. In his 36 years of service, General Gourley did just that.

    Whether sharing MREs in Germany with Private Elvis Presley or serving at the Pentagon on the staff for the Joint Chiefs alongside General Colin Powell, General Gourley worked tirelessly to improve the lives of men and women in the United States military. Even in his retirement, the general's vision was to build a health care center on the site of the former Fort Ord that would serve both the needs of Active Duty and retired military personnel.

    As we prepare to break ground at this new facility, it is only fitting that the joint clinic bear the name of the man who inspired its creation.

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