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What's in a Name?

In the course of its history, the facility has been known by the following names:

March 21, 1866 -1873
NORTHWESTERN BRANCH,
NATIONAL ASYLUM FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS

Statutes of the United States. Revised Statutes of the United States and State Acts affecting the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. By-Laws and Resolutions (Hartford, Conn : Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1892), 8. [Cover title: Laws and regulations - N.H.D.V.S.]

January 23, 1873-1932
NORTHWESTERN BRANCH,
NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS

Statutes of the United States. Revised Statutes of the United States and State Acts affecting the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. By-Laws and Resolutions. (Hartford, Conn : Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1892), 16. [Cover title:Laws and regulations - N.H.D.V.S.]

At a Board meeting in 1872, the following resolution, proposed by Governor Smyth, was unanimously adopted:


“RESOLVED – That the President of the Board be, and is hereby authorized to ask Congress to change the name of this establishment, by striking out the word “Asylum,” and inserting the word “Home,” so that the name shall read as follow: NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS.
Proceedings of the Board of Managers of the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, Volume 1, March 9, 1872, page 146.

July 21, 1930
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION

Executive Order 5398

March 1, 1932-1937
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, WISCONSIN


July 1, 1937
VETERANS ADMINISTRATION, WOOD, WISCONSIN

General Order No.46 officially changed the Post Office address.

VETERANS ADMINISTRATION WISCONSIN
June 29, 1937, General Order, No. 46

On July 1, 1937, the Post Office address of Veterans' Administration, Wisconsin, is changed to "WOOD, WISCONSIN." It is requested that all persons residing at this station cooperate with the Post Office department in the change of address and that you will notify your relatives and others promptly so that there will be no confusion in the delivery of your mail.

It is suggested that men in the domiciliary status advise their correspondents to place the Company number on the envelope.To those members in the hospital it is suggested that the ward number not be used but merely "care of hospital" as frequently men are transferred from one ward to another and mail delayed if the ward number is placed on same.

The new name of the Post Office, Wood, Wisconsin, is honoring General George H. Wood, who, for so many years, served so efficiently and unselfishly as President of the Board of Managers, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. After the World War General Wood was particularly interested and active in seeing that this station was restored to its former size and the buildings rehabilitated.

General Wood served in both the Spanish War and World War with great honor and also served as Adjutant General of the State of Ohio. He is now a resident of Dayton, Ohio, and a member of the Federal Board of Hospitalization.

CHARLES M. PEARSALL, Manager

October 19, 1984
CLEMENT J. ZABLOCKI VETERANS ADMINISTRATION MEDICAL CENTER, MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN

Public Law 98-528, signed by President Ronald Reagan.

Today
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS,
CLEMENT J. ZABLOCKI VA MEDICAL CENTER

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