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    VA Changes Name of Only Medical Center Honoring Confederate Officer

    VA Changes Name of Only Medical Center Honoring Confederate Officer

    The Department of Veterans Affairs quietly changed the name of its medical center in Richmond, Virginia, last week, relegating Dr. Hunter Holmes McGuire to history.

    Executive Director J. Ronald Johnson notified department chairs that the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center is now the Richmond VA Medical Center.

    The medical center was the only major VA facility named for a member of the Confederacy.

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    The change came after a request by Rep. Donald McEachin, who represented the district that included the hospital. McEachin died last November after battling cancer for nine years.

    In a letter to McEachin's office Dec. 27, VA Secretary Denis McDonough said he had the authority, by law, to change the name of the hospital to reflect its geographic location and decided to do so at the request of “veterans, employees and community members.”

    “After considerable discussion and review of the issue … I have decided to rename the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center to the Richmond VA Medical Center,” McDonough said in a Jan. 19 release. “VA will continue to serve all veterans with dignity and respect at this facility and every facility.”

    McGuire is known to Civil War historians as the physician who treated Stonewall Jackson after the first Battle of Manassas and amputated his arm in an attempt to save his life. But he also was instrumental in developing conventions…

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