President Barack Obama signed legislation today renaming the Bay Pines VA Medical Center after longtime Rep. C.W. Bill Young of Indian Shores.
The facility will be known as the C.W. Bill Young Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
“This is a fitting way to recognize Bill Young’s extraordinary legacy of public service and his unwavering support of our veterans,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, who co-sponsored the legislation with Sen. Marco Rubio.
In an email, Young’s widow, Beverly Young, echoed those sentiments.
“He deserves it,” she wrote. “He spent his whole life serving our American heroes. The vets love him and he loved them. What better honor can bestowed upon him than naming a hospital that takes care of the men and women who so proudly wear the uniform of Americas Armed Services.”
Young, 82, of Indian Shores, died Oct. 18 after 42 years in Congress and the longest-tenured Republican representative.
Young, a nine-year veteran of the Army National Guard who also spent six more years as a reservist, was buried at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg.
He also served as chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, where he fought hard for veterans, pulling strings when he needed to and taking a personal interest in the lives of countless service members.
Reporter Howard Altman contributed to this report.