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Honored veteran Tibor Rubin may get more recognition - a VA hospital could be named after him

GARDEN GROVE – Tibor Rubin, a Medal of Honor recipient who died last year, may soon get another honor – having the Long Beach Veterans Affairs hospital named after him.

The U.S. House last week unanimously approved a bill by Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, who represents Rubin’s hometown of Garden Grove, that would change the name of the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach to the Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center.

The bill moves to the Senate for approval.

“The veterans mean so much to the family and to my father,” said Rubin’s daughter, Rosie Rubin. “To have the hospital named after him is such an honor. It’s unbelievable.”

And Rubin – who survived the Holocaust and then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War – had plenty of experience receiving awards and recognition.

In 2005, he received the Medal of Honor, after years of effort by his fellow servicemen to recognize his heroics on the battlefield and in a prisoner-of-war camp.

Rio Olympics: USOC says 'further action' in Ryan Lochte case

Whatever celebration the U.S. Olympic Committee has planned for its return home after a wildly successful Rio de Janeiro Games on the competition front will likely be short-lived.

USOC CEO Scott Blackmun promised Sunday that “further action” will be coming, perhaps soon, against 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte and three of his U.S. swimming teammates after the story of an armed robbery following a night of partying unraveled and led to Lochte acknowledging he embellished the tale.

Blackmun stopped short of suggesting what any discipline might be, including whether Lochte should ever be allowed to swim for his country again.

“We all understand that they let down our athletes. They let down Americans,” Blackmun said. “And they really let down our hosts in Rio who did such a wonderful job, and we feel very badly about that. I think we ended up in the right place in terms of being able to shine a light on what really happened there.”