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Rubio, Scott Introduce Bill to Honor Florida Vietnam Veteran

Feb 28, 2024 | Press Releases

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced a bill to rename the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center after Thomas H. Corey.

Thomas Corey was a medically retired combat veteran who resided near West Palm Beach following his service in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, two Purple Hearts, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Valorous Unit Citation, the Republic Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Corey was also nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and is well-known for his long-time support for veterans in West Palm Beach. Thomas Corey founded the West Palm Beach Chapter 25 of the Vietnam Veterans of America in 1981.

  • “It is important we remember Thomas Corey’s service to our country and his unwavering support for veterans in Florida. This bill honors his sacrifice, continues his legacy, and ensures that his dedication to West Palm Beach’s veteran community is remembered for decades to come.” – Senator Rubio
  • “I am proud to join Senator Rubio, Congressman Mast and the entire Florida delegation in renaming the West Palm Beach Veteran’s Affair building the “Thomas H. Corey VA Medical Center.” Mr. Corey was a beloved Vietnam veteran who sacrificed so much for our country. He devoted countless hours to serving the community of Palm Beach and veterans. It’s a great honor to rename the medical center and remember this American hero.” – Senator Scott

U.S. Representative Brian Mast (R-FL), along with the entire Florida delegation, introduced companion legislation in the House.