Bills introduced to rename Spokane VA hospital

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Legislation has been introduced in Congress to rename the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane for two Medal of Honor winners from the Lilac City.

The bills seek to rename the hospital for Private Joe E. Mann and Sergeant Bruce A. Grandstaff. Both were awarded the nation's highest military decoration posthumously, Mann for action in World War II and Grandstaff in Vietnam.

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has introduced the bill in the House and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., has introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

The hospital would be called the Mann-Grandstaff Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.