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Push to rename medical center zips past House

September 23, 2011

A statue of George H. O’Brien Jr., Big Spring’s only Medal of Honor recipient, stands in front of the local VA Medical Center. A measure to rename the facility after O’Brien was approved overwhelming by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday. (HERALD file photo)

Officials are one step closer in their quest to rename the local VA medical center after Big Spring's only Medal of Honor recipient.

U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Lubbock), announced Wednesday that his provision in the Veterans Health Care Facilities Capital Improvement Act of 2011 to rename the local VAMC after George H. O'Brien Jr. passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly.

The vote, to rename the facility the George H. O'Brien Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was 412-3 in favor of the measure.

The bill is currently awaiting Senate action which is required before becoming law.

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