VA History Tidbit – VA Sites Named After 9/11 Victims Who Were Military Veterans

Did you know that two VA facilities are named in honor of Veterans who were victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

       Victor J. Saracini VA outpatient clinic in Horsham, PA – Captain Saracini, a former Navy pilot, was pilot of United Airlines flight 175 (Boston-L.A.), the 2nd plane to crash into the World Trade Center (south tower) during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks; all 65 on board, including Capt. Saracini, were killed. The honorary designation was part of the Veterans Health Care, Capital Assets, and Business Improvement Act of 2003, PL 108-170, signed into law on December 6, 2003.

       Max J. Beilke VA outpatient clinic in Alexandria, MN – Army Master Sergeant (ret.) Max J. Beilke was the last Vietnam War soldier to leave Saigon on March 29, 1973; he later worked as a civilian at the Pentagon and died on Sept. 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon building. The honorary designation was part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Service Act of 2010, PL 111-163, signed into law on May 5, 2010.

Story courtesy VA Public Affairs

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