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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) applauded the House passage of legislation to name a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic in St. Johns County Florida after Private First Class Leo C. Chase, Jr., the first man from St. Johns County to be killed in the Vietnam War. This new VA outpatient clinic is located at 207 Stratton Road, St. Augustine, Florida, and, if signed by the President, would be designated as the “Leo C. Chase, Jr. Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.’’ Rubio introduced this legislation in May 2019 alongside Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL) and Michael Waltz (R-FL), who introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for signature. 
 
“While we can never repay Private Chase’s sacrifice to our nation, I am pleased that the House has passed this legislation to name the new VA clinic in his honor,” Rubio said. “His life served as an inspiration to others before and after his death, and once President Trump signs this legislation into law, his legacy will be honored permanently.”
 
“We can never truly express our gratitude for the men and women who serve our nation,” Scott said. “This legislation will honor the life and service of Private First Class Leo C. Chase, Jr., who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. I applaud this legislation’s passage in the House today and look forward to the President quickly signing it into law.”