Veterans Affairs Medical Center gets new name

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News 12 at 6 o'clock, January 15, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Augusta's Uptown VA Hospital is officially now the Charlie Norwood Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Mrs. Gloria Norwood was the guest of honor at Tuesdays re-dedication ceremony.

"As wounded warriors and veterans pass through these halls, they will know that this person really cared about them." Norwood said, "The people here are really excited. They knew him personally. And it made a big difference in the impact of changing the name, because it is a big deal."

In an interview last month, Gloria Norwood talked to News 12's Richard Rogers she used to kid her husband about such honors.

"We had a standing joke- at the end of a long road trip I'd ask which off ramp he wanted named for him. He really didn't care about that sort of thing, but I think he would have been honored by the VA."

Her husband, the longtime congressman for this area, was a long time supporter of veterans and their medical rights.

President Bush signed the bill on November 8, 2007 allowing for the name change.

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