Peterson-sponsored Beilke bill passes the House

Nov 4, 2009

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The U.S House of Representatives has passed a bill, authored by Congressman Collin Peterson, to rename the Alexandria , Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic after Max J. Beilke. 

“Sgt. Beilke was a true advocate for veterans, and naming this clinic for him is a reminder of his tireless service,” Peterson said. “I’m just glad I could be part of the effort spearheaded by Max’s family to really make this happen.”

Master Sergeant Beilke served 22 years in the United States Army and, according to military records, was the last U.S. combat solider to leave Vietnam in March of 1973. The Alexandria native died in the September 11, 2001 terrorists attack on the Pentagon.  Beilke was awarded the Defense of Freedom medal and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

Although Belke retired from the army in 1974, he spent the rest of his life serving his country in support of veterans and their families.  After leaving the Army, he served as deputy chief of the Army’s Retirement Services Division and was an active member of the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council.

The Clinic opened in October, and the VA estimates it will serve 3,500 local veterans with primary and mental health care as well as other services.