H.R. 1216, To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center”

H.R. 1216

To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center”

Sponsor
Rep. Paul Gosar

Date
June 17, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 17, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 1216, To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center,” under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 1216 was introduced on March 15, 2013 by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and was referred to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

Bill Summary

H.R. 1216 designates the Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center located in Prescott, Arizona, as the “Dr. Cameron McKinley Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Center.”

Background

Dr. Cameron K. McKinley served as the Chief of Psychology at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Prescott, Arizona from 1981-1995.[1]  During that time, he organized a group for Vietnam Era veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[2]  The group went on to form the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 95.[3]  That group, together with Dr. McKinley and others, petitioned the government for a free-standing Veterans Affairs Medical Center.[4]  Congress responded by authorizing the Prescott Vet Center, which opened in 1985.[5]  Dr. McKinley provided cutting edge assistance on the issue of PTSD to veterans of three wars, producing targeted action plans for these veterans and providing tools for their successful transition to civilian life.[6]

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[1] H.R. 1216, Sec. 1.
[2] Id.
[3] Id.
[4] Id.
[5] Id.
[6] Id.

Cost

A cost estimate is not available at this time.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.