H.R. 3969, To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada, as the "Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic"

H.R. 3969

To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada, as the "Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic"

Sponsor
Rep. Joe Heck

Date
May 23, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Molly Newell

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 3969, To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada, as the “Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic”, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on November 5, 2015, by Rep. Joseph Heck (R-NV) and was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

 

Bill Summary

H.R. 3969 would designate the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Laughlin, Nevada, as the “Master Chief Petty Officer Jesse Dean Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic”.

 

Background

Master Chief Jesse Dean enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965 at the age of 17. During his 27 years of service he achieved the highest grade for an enlisted sailor – Master Chief Petty Officer. For his service, he received three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.

According to the bill sponsor, “While I did not have the privilege of knowing Master Chief Jesse Dean, it is clear from speaking with community members and veterans in Laughlin that naming the new VA health clinic in his honor is a fitting tribute. Jesse not only served his country as a highly decorated sailor, he served the veteran community of Laughlin, and Post 60 specifically, with such selfless dedication that one former commander of that Post said he was ‘that once in a blue moon guy that seems to do everything’. No matter what the project, Jesse never asked for, nor would he accept, anything in return. But we have a chance to repay him for his years of dedication to Laughlin American Legion Post 60, the veteran community of Laughlin, and the United States Navy by naming the new VA health clinic in his honor.”[1]

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[1] See Press Release, “Heck Introduces Bill to Name Laughlin VA Health Clinic,” Nov. 5, 2015.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates is unavailable.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 21374.