H.R.91 - To name the Department of Veterans Affairs in Houston, Texas, as the "Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center".108th Congress (2003-2004)
Text: H.R.91 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)
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Introduced in House (01/07/2003)
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[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 91 Introduced in House (IH)] 108th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 91 To name the Department of Veterans Affairs in Houston, Texas, as the ``Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center''. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES January 7, 2003 Ms. Jackson-Lee of Texas introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To name the Department of Veterans Affairs in Houston, Texas, as the ``Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center''. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. FINDINGS. Congress finds as follows: (1) Dr. Michael E. DeBakey played a critical role in establishing and developing the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He has successfully elevated its professional staff and quality healthcare to meet high standards of excellence and encouraged minorities to fulfill their potential in education, and particularly in the health professions. (2) Dr. DeBakey's dedication to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is ongoing. He is still chairman of the Dean's Committee of that medical center, as he has been since the beginning of that institution. (3) Dr. DeBakey brought both the City of Houston and the State of Texas international recognition for the Texas Medical Center through his pioneering of medical research, his leadership at Baylor College of Medicine, his national and international medical statesmanship, and his championing of the rights and the welfare of the underprivileged. (4) Dr. DeBakey is credited with the development of the Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) concepts for the military, which led to saving thousands of lives during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, as well as the development of specialized medical and surgical center systems in order to treat returning military personnel. (5) During World War II, Dr. DeBakey served as a colonel in the United States Army and was assigned to the Surgical Consultant Division in the office of the Surgeon General. His active duty service was from 1942 to 1946. He remained on active duty in 1946 and recruited 100 additional specialists to care for World War II wounded military personnel in Army specialty centers. (6) For his service in the Armed Forces, Dr. DeBakey received the Legion of Merit. SEC. 2. NAME OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER, HOUSTON, TEXAS. (a) Name.--The Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Houston, Texas, shall after the date of the enactment of this Act be known and designated as the ``Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center''. (b) References.--Any reference in any law, regulation, map, document, record, or other paper of the United States to the medical center referred to in subsection (a) shall be considered to be a reference to the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. <all>