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Congressman fought for veterans

From 1967 to 1997, and particularly during his 13 years as chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Montgomery championed legislation that increased veterans eligibility for home loans, life insurance and medical coverage. In 1988, he was co sponsor of the law that transformed the Veterans Administration into the 14th Cabinet department in the federal government.

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What he considered his achievement in Congress, said Kyle Steward, his legislative director for 15 years, was passage
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The so called Montgomery GI Education Bill, which President Reagan signed in 1984, education benefits for active duty military personnel and extended those benefits to National Guard and Reserve members, Steward said.
Cheap Michael Kors handbags it was seen at the time as a boost for recruitment, because recruiting was lagging. V. Montgomery, known as Sonny since childhood, was born Aug. 5, 1920. After graduating in 1943 from Mississippi State College, where he was a member of the ROTC, he was commissioned
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Returning to Meridian after World War II, Rep. Montgomery built a successful insurance business and began his rise to the rank of major general in the Mississippi National Guard. In 1956, he was elected to the Mississippi State Senate. Ten years later, he was elected to Congress.

In 1981, he became chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee, while also serving as a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. He worked consistently to obtain for money for the military.

Describing himself as a
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we don
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The next year, Rep. Montgomery led a congressional delegation to North Korea, where, for the first time since 1954, the Communist government turned over the remains of service members killed during the Korean War.Articles Connexes?

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