Peterson Introduces Legislation To Name Alex VA Clinic After Max Beilke

Jul 9, 2009 Issues: Health, Veterans

(WASHINGTON , DC) - U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson today introduced legislation that would name the Alexandria, Minn. VA outpatient clinic after Alexandria native Max J. Beilke.

“Max Beilke served his country well and deserves to be honored for his many years of active duty, and for his commitment to soldiers after his retirement,” Peterson said. “I’m sure he would be pleased to see his hometown opening a community-based outpatient clinic designed to serve veterans in the region.”

Beilke, a 1950 Alexandria High School graduate, served 22 years active duty in the U.S. Army in Germany, Korea and Vietnam.  After his retirement he served as deputy chief of the Army’s Retirement Services, and was an active member of the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council.

Beilke was killed while working at the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Subsequently, he was awarded the Defense of Freedom medal and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

The clinic is expected to open in September.