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Montana VA Clinics to be renamed for Montana heroes

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Veteran and artist Ben Steele passed away Sunday at the age of 98. Veteran and artist Ben Steele passed away Sunday at the age of 98.
BILLINGS, Mont. -

President Donald Trump signed legislation recognizing the commitment to duty and personal courage of 3 Montanans by naming VA facilities in Missoula and Billings in their honor.

One of those Montanans is Ben Steele.

Steele's family said having a school named after him continued his education legacy but now his medical and military legacy gets to live on with the renaming of the VA Clinic.

Steele's grandson, Jeremy Jorgenson, said "Having a VA Clinic named after my grandfather, Ben, pays tribute to his military service. It's just another way to tell his story and for his story to live on which is a huge deal for our family."

His grandfather, Ben Steele, was a Bataan Death March survivor and a POW for 42 months.

Those heroic actions have led Steele to be remembered in a different capacity.

His name will now be placed on the VA Clinic in Billings.

Steele already has a Billings middle school named after him which his daughter Julie said is a huge honor.

"He would be very honored to have this done. When they named the school he said well I just feel like I need to celebrate and go have a Wendy's cheeseburger so maybe he would have another Wendy's cheeseburger." Julie laughed.

Senator Jon Tester said Steele was and is well known in Yellowstone County and is a national hero who deserves to be honored.

Tester said that Steele is one of his personal heroes so the dedication of the clinic is something that needed to be done.

He said, "He's one of my personal heroes. One of the men that really showed what serving our country was all about and it couldn't be a more well deserved honor naming the clinic here in Billings after Ben Steele."

Ben Steele is not alone in the great honor.

The Missoula VA Clinic will be dedicated to David J Thatcher and the Billings VA Clinic on Spring Creek Lane will be dedicated to Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow.

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