Text: H.R.1808 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 110-112 (11/08/2007)
[110th Congress Public Law 112]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[[Page 121 STAT. 1037]]
Public Law 110-112
To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in
Augusta, Georgia, as the ``Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans
Affairs Medical Center''. <<NOTE: Nov. 8, 2007 - [H.R. 1808]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
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,
(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
(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 retirees.
(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
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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.
SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF CHARLIE NORWOOD DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS
AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER.
(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
Approved November 8, 2007.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1808:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 153 (2007):
Oct. 23, considered and passed House.
Oct. 31, considered and passed Senate.