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C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank the gentlewoman from Florida (Ms. Brown), and I would like to thank Chairman Miller--we have worked together. I thank the gentleman so very much. I want to acknowledge as well the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, Mrs. Lowey. Thank you for allowing me to share with you this evening my comments, appreciation, and respect that I have for Bill Young.

First of all, I would like to say what everyone else has said. What a great American. What a great patriot. What a great public servant.

BILL, may you rest in peace.

Congressman Young, Chairman Young was on the floor of the House just a few weeks before he passed. I think that is important to note, that he was working every single day to make America better. He loved soldiers and veterans. He loved their families. It is highly appropriate for him to have his name so honored as a named veterans hospital.

I want to say that it is particularly important to note that Congressman Young was able to speak to kings and queens and generals and people of high places. But he was best when he was talking to everyday people, to the soldiers that he loved.

He came from humble beginnings. Starting with his mother, a single parent, losing his home early in life, living in a hunting camp. You would think that he would not be the generous-hearted person that he is today. But he was really what America is all about, the American Dream.

I remember his commitment to our soldiers and his easy ability to work across the aisle as someone who advocated for soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. I want to let his family know how dedicated he was to providing extra resources to the thousands upon thousands of soldiers who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan who needed extra help with post-traumatic stress disorder.

He was very kind to those of us who were concerned about breast cancer and women in the United States military who may have experienced breast cancer.

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.

Ms. BROWN of Florida. I yield an additional 1 minute to the gentlewoman from Texas.

Ms. JACKSON LEE. I thank the distinguished gentlelady from Florida.

He has worked with me over the last two sessions, Mr. Speaker, in providing extra funding for post-traumatic stress disorder to a center that is in Houston, Texas, but also dealing with additional research on triple-negative breast cancer that might have an impact not only on the military population of women but also with women around the Nation. BILL was like that, if I might. Congressman Bill Young, Chairman Bill Young was like that, always extending, always sharing.

He has a special place in my heart because my late mother is from St. Petersburg, Florida. But I would say that he should have a special place in the hearts of all Americans because if you ever want to see exemplified a

grand and stately gentleman who had nothing in his heart but the love and respect and admiration for this Nation, it was our dear friend, the Honorable Bill Young.

To his family, I say to them, we love him, and we extend our deepest sympathies. Thank you, my dear friend. You have served well. I hope that you will rest well.

May God bless him, and God bless his family.

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