Norwood's name goes on hospital at ceremony

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Congressman Charlie Norwood's dedication to America's servicemen and servicewomen was praised Tuesday during a ceremony renaming the Uptown Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in his honor.

Gloria Norwood speaks with Robert Washington III, who sang the national anthem at the dedication ceremony at the Uptown Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta. A plaque was also unveiled at the ceremony.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Gloria Norwood speaks with Robert Washington III, who sang the national anthem at the dedication ceremony at the Uptown Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta. A plaque was also unveiled at the ceremony.

National and state leaders were on hand as Gloria Norwood, the former lawmaker's widow, unveiled a replica of the bronze plaque bearing the seven-term congressman's likeness that will be placed at the hospital.

The facility will now be known as the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

A bill to rename the facility in Mr. Norwood's honor was sponsored by Georgia's congressional delegation and signed into law by President Bush.

Mr. Norwood died last February at his home in Augusta after an extended illness. He was 65.

Speaking to the crowd, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss joked that as a "great fiscal conservative," Mr. Norwood would think the government was spending too much taxpayer money to rename the facility. He said he remembered Mr. Norwood, a dentist, as passionate in his support of health care for veterans.

"Nobody was more committed to making sure that health care in this country improved every single day he was in office," Mr. Chambliss said, "particularly that health care improved for each and every one of our veterans."

As the keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, of Georgia's 9th District, recalled a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan with Mr. Norwood where they visited wounded soldiers. He said Mr. Norwood, who served as a captain in the Vietnam War, appreciated the sacrifices of veterans.

"It is fitting and proper that from this day forward, the veterans who receive care in this facility will know that there was a congressman who cared about them," Mr. Deal said. "And his name was Charlie Norwood."

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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wildman
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wildman 01/16/08 - 07:10 am
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Well deserved for such a

Well deserved for such a GREAT American.

justus4
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justus4 01/16/08 - 09:56 am
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The senator got his job by
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The senator got his job by destroying a triple amputate's military service record. He ambushed and over-ran Max's honorable record in the military and senate. The people in GA that voted him in, committed borderline treason. Service to one's country does not represent greatness, but giving life and limbs are steps in that direction. As a Sr. NCO, USA Ret., the people of this state are disappointing and any entrance to the uptown facility will be through the South entrance (silent protest) by this vet.

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sneaky pete 01/16/08 - 12:03 pm
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shut up justus 4. you give

shut up justus 4. you give new meaning to the term ignorant. I am a vet and I seriously doubt your status. Norwood was one of the few that stood for something in politics. You are the absolute joke of this entire comments section. __________________Thank you Charlie Norwood.

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Ben There 01/16/08 - 12:21 pm
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justus, it looks like you are

justus, it looks like you are confusing Charlie Norwood with Saxby Chambliss. I agree with you when it comes to Saxby Chambliss's character, but don't confuse Chambliss with Norwood. Norwood deserves better.
Of course Max Cleland deserves a lot better than what he got.
If it were not for Max Cleland, the downtown VA would have never come to be in Augusta, as he and support from the Medical College, brought that to life here. That facility should definitely be named for Max Cleland.

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jack 01/16/08 - 12:38 pm
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Justus4, Max Cleland was not

Justus4, Max Cleland was not a war hero and lost limbs due to his own stupidity. Chambliss was elected because Georgians were tired of having a Teddy Kennedy clone representing them. We vets owe Tri-care for life health care to Charlie as well as his consistent support of health care for vets.

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1980reader 01/16/08 - 12:47 pm
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Looks like Justus has been

Looks like Justus has been adequately covered. Still waiting on an apology, though. Norwood was a good man and good congressman. His leadership is missed.

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ohhsweetconcord 01/16/08 - 01:12 pm
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I couldn't be more happy with

I couldn't be more happy with this decision. I'm always dismayed when I find hospitals, schools, and such named after politicians simply because they funded the endeavors, for example Charles Rangel attemping to name a New York City College school he funded after himself. This honor was bestowed on Mr. Norwood not because of his prowess with spending the public treasury, but based his on high moral character and leadership he presented our voting district for his many terms served.

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Georgiais1 01/16/08 - 03:12 pm
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Norwood was a finne mand and

Norwood was a finne mand and a great health care provider. He deserves every bit. Justus 4 is an embarrassment to the area and the to the folks that have to read his ramblings.

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wootchieone 01/16/08 - 05:10 pm
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Max Cleland was horsing

Max Cleland was horsing around and accidently wounded himself with a grenade. I am sorry for him that it happened but it was not what you would call a war injury.

The veterans never had a better friend than Chralie Norwood. Not until Laurie Ott anyway.

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enana031 01/16/08 - 08:26 pm
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