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Bill Young, still in hospital, gets a call from George W. Bush

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, center, looks on as President George W. Bush signs a defense appropriations bill at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2002.

White House photo by Paul Morse

Rep. C.W. Bill Young, center, looks on as President George W. Bush signs a defense appropriations bill at the Pentagon, Jan. 10, 2002.

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Former President George W. Bush gave Rep. C.W. Bill Young a call at the hospital today, thanking him for supporting the military as Young heads toward retirement.

The 82-year-old Young, who announced last week he was retiring, is at Walter Reed for a back injury. Young's health has been in question.

"He is still there and continuing to receive treatment," spokesman Harry Glenn said. "He's had a number of visitors over the past few days and had a lively conversation with President George W. Bush, who called today."

In a telephone interview with the Tampa Bay Times last week, Young cited his health and a desire to spend more time with family. Young also recalled a conversation years ago with Sen. John Stennis in which he asked the Mississippi Democrat when Young would know it's time to leave.

"You'll know when it's time," Stennis told him.

"I'm taking that advice now," said Young, who has been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center since Friday because of a back injury. Young told House Speaker John Boehner of his decision Wednesday and said his injury might keep him away from the Capitol for a couple of weeks.

He missed last night's vote on the debt deal.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 17, 2013 1:05pm]

    

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