H.R. 5317, To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the "Abie Abraham VA Clinic"

H.R. 5317

To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the "Abie Abraham VA Clinic"

Sponsor
Rep. Mike Kelly

Date
June 21, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 5317, to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic”, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on May 24, 2016, by Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) and subsequently referred to the Committee on Veteran’s Affairs.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5317 would designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania as the “Abie Abraham VA Clinic”.

 

Background

Abie Abraham (b. July 31, 1913, d. March 24, 2012) of Lyndora, Pennsylvania, was stationed during World War II with the 18th Infantry in New York; three years with the 14th Infantry in Panama; 15th Infantry, unassigned in China, while the Paney was sunk; 30th Infantry, Presidio, San Francisco; and the 31st Infantry, Manila, Philippines, for nine years. During World War II, Abraham fought, was captured, endured the Bataan Death March and as a prisoner of war for three and a half years, was beaten, stabbed, shot, survived malaria and starvation to be rescued by the 6th Rangers.  Abraham stayed behind at the request of General Douglas MacArthur for two and a half more years disinterring the bodies of his fallen comrades from the Bataan Death March and the prison camps, helping to identify their bodies and see that they were properly laid to rest. After his promotion in 1945, Abraham came back to the United States where he served as a recruiter and then also served two years in Germany until his retirement with 30 years of service as a First Sergeant. Abraham received numerous medals for his service, including the Purple Heart, and had several documentaries on the Discovery Channel and History Channel. Abraham wrote the books `Ghost of Bataan Speaks’ in 1971 and `Oh, God, Where Are You’ in 1977 to help the public better understand what our brave men endured at the hands of the Imperial Japanese Army as prisoners of war. Abraham was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Purple Heart Combat/Infantry Organization, the American Ex-POWs, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Defenders of Bataan. Abraham was a volunteer at Veterans Affairs Butler Healthcare for 23 years from 1988 to 2011 and had 36,851 service hours caring for our veterans.[1] This bill would honor Abraham’s life and service by naming a Department of Veterans Affairs after him.

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[1] See “H. R. 5317 – Section 1. Findings.

Cost

A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate is not available.

Additional Information

For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.