Vol. 66 No. 1 (2018)

It Takes an Act of Congress or Does It? Naming Practices of VA Facilities

Published 2018-01-02


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The Veterans Health Administration, a division under the US Department of Veterans Affairs, oversees more than 1700 healthcare facilities that provide support for more than eight million veterans annually. These facilities, grouped under geographically organized networks, have 89 named after individuals. This research examines why these individuals have been honored. This study also examines the legislation involved in naming the facilities and the other means by which Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities have been named. Since veterans’ healthcare is under scrutiny, an investigation into the naming practices, the relationship between the Veterans Health Administration and Congress, and those who strongly advocate naming facilities may provide insight into the manner in which veterans are honored.


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