WWII Vet Bob Dole Is Wheelchair Bound

Congress to Honor Senator Bob Dole with Congressional Gold Medal

Dole is attending the award ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda later today.

But Kansas' congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says its Dole who deserves the most thanks.

"At first I thought it was going to be something bad, but it was very honoring, and just to share a podium with that man is an impressive memory on my constitution", he added.

In an America where standing for the national anthem is a controversial act, Bob Dole should be an example to us all.

Former U.S. Senator and Republican stalwart Bob Dole said Wednesday he is "extremely honored" to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

"A ideal description of Bob Dole's extraordinary life", he said.

Designed and engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the medal's reverse (tails) shows a Kansas wheat field below a quote from Senator Dole: FOR GREATNESS LIES NOT IN WHAT OFFICE YOU HOLD, BUT IN HOW HONEST YOU ARE, IN HOW YOU FACE ADVERSITY, AND IN YOUR WILLINGNESS TO STAND FAST IN HARD PLACES.

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As Senate Minority and later Majority Leader for nine years, Dole earned respect from liberals and conservatives as a dealmaker and voice of moderation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY noted to laughter that Mr. Dole was the person credited with the joke that the most risky place in Washington was between Mr. Schumer and a TV camera. "Many of them were humorous, many of them were inspiring comments". Other Congressional Gold Medal Senate honorees include Senators Robert Kennedy, John Glenn and Harry Truman.

"Through this venerable tradition, the occasional commissioning of individually struck gold medals in its name, Congress has expressed public gratitude on behalf of the nation for distinguished contributions for more than two centuries", according to the Congressional Research Service.

Dole was born on July 22, 1923, in Russell, Kansas.

The 94-year old, was honored for his long political career and his Army service in World War II, when he was severely injured during combat in Italy. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service. I am so proud that the House and Senate were able to come together to give Senator Dole the recognition he deserves.

Dole climbed the ranks of the Republican Party, becoming its chairman and eventually the Senate Republican leader.

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