RESOLUTION 140671 — CORPORAL MICHAEL J. CRESCENZ DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER 

Legislation to support the renaming of Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center as “The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.”

Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Kenney, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Goode, Councilmember Tasco, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Neilson, Councilmember Johnson, Council President Clarke, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember O’Neill, Councilmember O’Brien, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Squilla

Introduced September 11, 2014
Councilmember Oh
RESOLUTION
Urging further action to enact legislation to designate the Medical Center Of The
Department Of Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, as the “Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department Of Veterans Affairs
Medical Center”.
WHEREAS, United States Army Corporal Michael J. Crescenz was the only
Philadelphian to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service during the
Vietnam War as result of performing great acts of courage and heroism; and was
recognized posthumously by City Council by Resolution No. 120688 introduced by
Councilman David Oh, passed on September 13, 2012, and presented in Council to
Corporal Crescenz’ brother; and
WHEREAS, United States Senators Patrick Toomey and Robert Casey introduced Bill
S.229 on February 7, 2013, “To designate the medical center of the Department Of
Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the
‘Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center’” with the
short title: the “Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Act of 2013”, on which hearings were held
on May 9, 2013, before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; and
WHEREAS, United States Representatives Chaka Fattah, Robert Brady, and Allyson
Schwartz, introduced Bill H.R.454 on February 4, 2013, “To designate the medical center
of the Department Of Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the ‘Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans
Affairs Medical Center’”, which was referred on February 8, 2013, to the Subcommittee
on Health of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; and
WHEREAS, No further legislative action has been taken by the United States Senate and
the United States House of Representatives on these legislative bills; and

WHEREAS, City Council joins the rest of the City of Philadelphia in thanking United
States Senators Patrick Toomey and Robert Casey, and United States Representatives
Chaka Fattah, Robert Brady, and Allyson Schwartz, for introducing legislation to
designate the medical center of the Department Of Veterans Affairs located at 3900
Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the “Corporal Michael J. Crescenz
Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”; but urges them to take such additional
action as possible and necessary to get such legislation enacted”; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, THAT IT HEREBY
urges further action to enact legislation to designate the medical center of the Department
of Veterans Affairs located at 3900 Woodland Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as
the “Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center”.