IMAGE: Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth Dole, pose for a photo during an honorary promotion ceremony in honor of Bob Dole at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dana Clarke)

Bob Dole and his wife, Elizabeth Dole, pose for a photo during an honorary promotion ceremony in honor of Bob Dole at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., May 15, 2019.

All of us at VA are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a brave man and a patriot, Senator Bob Dole. His death is a loss for our entire country.

 

Senator Dole courageously fought on the fields of battle during World War II, and, later, helped shape our Nation on the legislative fields of Congress. As a Soldier, Senator, and statesman, he stood among the greatest of our “Greatest Generation.” His enduring commitment to his brothers-in-arms, and to their heroic service and sacrifice, is evidenced by the soaring arches and pillars of the World War II Memorial that graces our National Mall—which may not stand today without his advocacy. And his lifelong dedication to Veterans is evidenced by the thousands of Vets, families, caregivers, and survivors whose lives he has touched over the decades. 

 

In a life filled with honors and accolades, Senator Dole once said that, “No honor that has come my way has ever surpassed the pride I felt wearing my country’s uniform.” He also said that, “When it’s all over, it’s not who you were, what you did, or how much money you had. It’s whether you . . . made a difference.” There can be no doubt that Senator Dole made a difference—for his country, its people, and its Veterans. 

 

On behalf the Department of Veterans Affairs, we honor the memory of a great American—Senator Bob Dole. Our hearts go out to Senator Elizabeth Dole—a tireless fighter for caregivers and partner to VA—and to all who loved him. May God rest his soul. 

 

Denis McDonough, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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  1. Craig M. December 9, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    As a Veteran it makes me proud and honored to have served and wore the military United States uniform for 25 Honorable Years. Senator Robert Dole will go down in history as one of the Greatest Generation’s true Patriot!

    Thank you Senator Robert Dole and all those who you were surrounded by! You and them sacrificed to keep our country free and prosperous! Not one second should ever be taken for granted because it will be the onetime our resolve will be tested by the enemies with all their greatest strength.

  2. Thomas Martin December 6, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Hand Salute Senator Dole. God’s speed, thank
    You for your Service to our Nation and to our
    Veterans!

  3. Victor Sellers December 5, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    God Bless Senator Bob Dole for all he did for our Country and for Humanity!

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