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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) reintroduced legislation (S. 2159) to name the new Clay County Veterans Affairs Clinic, in Middleburg, FL, the “Andrew K. Baker Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic.” Representative Kat Cammack (R-FL), along with the entire Florida delegation, reintroduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1960). Rubio and Scott first introduced this bill in September 2020. U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Andrew Kenneth Baker served our country bravely for seventeen years before losing his life in a helicopter crash on March 13, 1997 while trying to land on a Naval frigate during a training event.
 
“I am proud to reintroduce this legislation to honor U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Andrew Kenneth Baker’s legacy of bravery and service to our country,” Rubio said. “The new VA clinic in Clay County will be instrumental in providing quality care to our veterans who have dedicated their lives to serve, like Chief Petty Officer Baker.” 
 
“I’m proud to join my colleagues in this legislation to honor the legacy of a local hero, U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Andrew Kenneth Baker, by naming the Clay County Veterans Affairs Clinic, in Middleburg, FL, the ‘Andrew K. Baker Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic,’” Scott said. “Chief Baker served as a search and rescue swimmer, helping train hundreds of service members before his passing in a tragic training accident. This designation will pay tribute to his incredible service.”
 
"It's very special to be able to introduce this bill as one of my first legislative initiatives during the 117th Congress," Cammack said. "I've come to know Ms. Tina Baker, Andrew's widow, well over the last decade and it's my honor to recognize her husband's distinguished legacy by enshrining his name on a community resource that has become a seminal part of the Middleburg area."
 
"The clinic is a tremendous beacon for our veterans' community, offering lab work, primary care, telehealth services, and mental health counseling," Cammack added. “I can think of no better way to honor Chief Baker and his family than to ensure he will always be remembered."