Text: H.R.1216 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 113-138 (07/25/2014)
[113th Congress Public Law 138]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[[Page 128 STAT. 1743]]
Public Law 113-138
To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott,
Arizona, as the ``Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Center''. <<NOTE: July 25, 2014 - [H.R. 1216]>>
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) Dr. Cameron K. McKinley was born on December 9, 1930, in
(2) Dr. McKinley served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in
Shreveport, Louisiana, from 1947 to 1949.
(3) Dr. McKinley served valiantly at Wiesbaden Air Force
Hospital during and after the Vietnam War, providing therapy to
military personnel and their families.
(4) Dr. McKinley served with great distinction as the Chief
of Psychology at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Prescott,
Arizona, from 1981-1995.
(5) At the Prescott Veterans Affairs Hospital, Dr. McKinley
organized a ``Rap Group'' for Vietnam Era veterans dealing with
various degrees of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). That
group of veterans formed the Vietnam Veterans of America,
(6) Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 95, in concert with
Dr. McKinley, local leaders, businesses and nonprofit groups
petitioned the Federal Government for a free-standing Veterans
Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).
(7) Congress authorized 91 new rural VAMCs, among them the
Prescott Vet Center. In June of 1985, the Prescott Vet Center
(8) Dr. McKinley spent decades confronting the pressing
issue of PTSD by providing cutting-edge psychological and
neuropsychological assessments to the returning veterans of
three wars. He produced targeted action plans for veterans
suffering from PTSD, giving them tools to deal with their
afflictions and transition successfully back into civilian life.
(9) Dr. McKinley's cutting-edge work has earned him
recognition from Prescott VAMC, Vietnam Veterans of America, the
Veterans' Readjustment Counseling Center, and the Department of
the Army for his outstanding work to improve the lives of
veterans of multiple generations.
(10) It is only well and fitting that as a tribute to this
remarkable person's life that Congress seek to name the facility
after the leader who was its inspiration and a lifesaver for so
[[Page 128 STAT. 1744]]
SEC. 2. DR. CAMERON MCKINLEY DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
(a) Designation.--The Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center
located at 3180 Stillwater Dr. #A, Prescott, Arizona, shall after the
date of the enactment of this Act be known and designated as the ``Dr.
Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center''.
(b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, regulation, document,
paper, or other record of the United States to the Department of
Veterans Affairs Vet Center referred to in subsection (a) shall be
deemed to be a reference to the ``Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of
Veterans Affairs Veterans Center''.
Approved July 25, 2014.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1216:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 160 (2014):
June 17, considered and passed House.
July 9, considered and passed Senate.