Text: H.R.1808 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)

11/08/2007 Became Public Law No: 110-112

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                       One Hundred Tenth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America

                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

          Begun and held at the City of Washington on Thursday,
            the fourth day of January, two thousand and seven

                                 An Act

   To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 
   Augusta, Georgia, as the ``Charlie Norwood 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,
    Congress finds the following:
        (1) Charlie Norwood volunteered for service in the United 
    States Army Dental Corps in a time of war, providing dental and 
    medical services in the Republic of Vietnam in 1968, earning the 
    Combat Medical Badge and two awards of the Bronze Star.
        (2) Captain Norwood, under combat conditions, helped develop 
    the Dental Corps operating procedures, that are now standard, of 
    delivering dentists to forward-fire bases, and providing dental 
    treatment for military service dogs.
        (3) Captain Norwood provided dental, emergency medical, and 
    surgical care for United States personnel, Vietnamese civilians, 
    and prisoners-of-war.
        (4) Dr. Norwood provided military dental care at Fort Gordon, 
    Georgia, following his service in Vietnam, then provided private-
    practice dental care for the next 25 years for patients in the 
    greater Augusta, Georgia, area, including care for military 
    personnel, retirees, and dependents under Department of Defense 
    programs and for low-income patients under Georgia Medicaid.
        (5) Congressman Norwood, upon being sworn into the United 
    States House of Representatives in 1995, pursued the advancement of 
    health and dental care for active duty and retired military 
    personnel and dependents, and for veterans, through his public 
    advocacy for strengthened Federal support for military and 
    veterans' health care programs and facilities.
        (6) Congressman Norwood co-authored and helped pass into law 
    the Keep our Promises to America's Military Retirees Act, which 
    restored lifetime healthcare benefits to veterans who are military 
    retirees through the creation of the Department of Defense TRICARE 
    for Life Program.
        (7) Congressman Norwood supported and helped pass into law the 
    Retired Pay Restoration Act providing relief from the concurrent 
    receipt rule penalizing disabled veterans who were also military 
        (8) Throughout his congressional service from 1995 to 2007, 
    Congressman Norwood repeatedly defeated attempts to reduce Federal 
    support for the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in 
    Augusta, Georgia, and succeeded in maintaining and increasing 
    Federal funding for the center.
        (9) Congressman Norwood maintained a life membership in the 
    American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Military 
    Order of the World Wars.
        (10) Congressman Norwood's role in protecting and improving 
    military and veteran's health care was recognized by the 
    Association of the United States Army through the presentation of 
    the Cocklin Award in 1998, and through his induction into the 
    Association's Audie Murphy Society in 1999.
    (a) Designation.--The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center 
located at 1 Freedom Way in Augusta, Georgia, shall after the date of 
the enactment of this Act be known and designated as the ``Charlie 
Norwood 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 Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans Affairs Medical 

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.