GAYLORD – A bill to designate the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic in Gaylord as Navy Corpsman Steve Andrews Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Clinic has been approved by the US House of Representatives.
The bill will be submitted to the US Senate for review.
Working with Andrews’ family and friends, United States Representative Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) won the support of Michigan Veterans Service organizations and the state congressional delegation to prepare this appointment for House approval.
Jim Grisso, editor of the Gaylord Herald Times from 1968 to 2008, praised Andrews as an outstanding Vietnam War hero, dedicated civil servant and local volunteer.
“Personally, I knew Steve well, and as a journalist, I have also closely followed his role in the state legislature. He tried 100% the entire time and was also known for his ability to deal with people on the other side of the political corridor and even occasionally sprinkling his well-known sense of humor. There’s no question that Steve deserves this honor, ”said Grisso.
Andrews (October 15, 1949 – January 28, 2017) joined the US Navy in 1967 as a medic, then served at the US Naval Hospital in Guam and as a medic with the 1st Marine Division and the Marine 1st Force Reconnaissance Company in Vietnam. For his actions in combat in Vietnam and for rescuing countless Marines, he was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Purple Heart.
The Medal of Commendation is a military award given for heroic deeds or meritorious service for various actions in direct contact with an enemy. The Purple Heart is awarded to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in the U.S. military.
After completing his military service, Andrews worked as an entrepreneur and was later elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, which represented the 106th District of northern Michigan. He served two terms and then turned to his family and business.
The Gaylord VA Clinic is located at 2782 S. Otsego Ave. and opened last year. The 18,362 square foot building provides primary outpatient care, mental health, telemedicine, laboratory services, primary home care, women’s health, and health services.
Andrews served on the Board of Trustees of North Central Michigan College and President of the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Andrews, the son of Tracy and Barbara Andrews, graduated from Gaylord High School.