09.28.16

Gardner-Led Legislation Honoring Colorado Veteran Passes U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the below statement following the United States House of Representatives passage of S. 3283, legislation to name the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Pueblo, CO, after Private First Class (PFC) James Dunn, a native of Colorado and Navy Cross recipient. Led by Senator Gardner and Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03), the Colorado Congressional Delegation introduced the legislation in July and it passed the Senate by unanimous consent on July 14, 2016.

During WWII, PFC James Dunn was assigned to the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines and saw combat action during the Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Dunn took command of his platoon after his commander was severely injured from enemy fire during a patrol. Dunn then led his fellow Marines to safe cover and was ordered to withdraw without the wounded. Dunn, however, returned to his wounded comrades and helped evacuate them while under heavy incoming machine gun and mortar fire.

“I welcome the news that the House acted today to pass this important legislation and honor PFC James Dunn,” said Gardner. “PFC Dunn served this country with distinction, and it’s an immense privilege to honor his contributions to our country. In the heat of battle, PFC Dunn did not think twice about risking his own life to save his fellow Marines, and he remains a role model to men and women in the military today. I look forward to the President signing this legislation into law, and ensuring future generations can look toward the VA clinic in Pueblo and remember PFC Dunn’s heroism.”

Congressional guidelines for naming a VA clinic require that the person the clinic is named after must be deceased and one of the following:

  • A recipient of the Medal of Honor or otherwise performed military service of an extraordinarily distinguished character;
  • A member of Congress associated with the facility to be named;
  • A veteran instrumental in the construction or the operation of the facility to be named;
  • A top military or civilian official in a service branch, the U.S. Defense Department or U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs;
  • An individual who performed outstanding service for veterans.

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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