WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the Senate passed legislation offered by U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to honor WWII Veteran and Kansan Lieutenant General Richard “Dick” Seitz. The legislation designates the Junction City Community-Based Outpatient Clinic as the “Lieutenant General Richard J. Seitz Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.”
“Our country lost a great man, a dedicated soldier, and an American hero when Lieutenant General Dick Seitz passed away,” Sen. Moran said. “Dick was a mentor, a friend, and someone I hold in extremely high regard. As a native Kansan who settled in Junction City following his military retirement, he never retired from serving. I’m grateful for Lieutenant General Seitz’s commitment to serving Junction City and am delighted that his country is naming this clinic in his honor.”
“It is fitting that the nation is recognizing the service of General Seitz by naming this veterans outpatient facility in his honor,” Sen. Roberts said. “Dick Seitz received a Bronze Star, a Silver Star, a Purple Heart, a Legion of Merit and a Distinguished Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters during World War II. This says all there is to say about his record of valor. After this career of courageous service in the U.S. Army, his retirement was spent in service to the nation’s men and women in uniform. We are grateful for his life and his commitment.”
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs facility provides primary care, behavioral health, personal care, laboratory, prescriptions and psychiatry services for veterans.
Lt. Gen. Seitz is a WWII Veteran who successfully led his battalion through the Battle of the Bulge. During his Army career, which included nearly 37 years of active duty, Lt. Gen. Seitz received numerous awards including the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. Following his military retirement, Lt. Gen. Seitz settled in Junction City, where he frequently visited Ft. Riley to greet deploying and returning units from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as mentor young and noncommissioned officers. He was also involved with the Coronado Council of the Boy Scouts, served on the Board of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, and was named an Outstanding Citizen of Kansas. In 2012, the General Richard J. Seitz Elementary School at Ft. Riley was named in his honor.