During Melania Trump’s speech on Monday, she called out a salute of gratitude to former U.S. Senator Bob Dole of Kansas. Here are a few facts about the military veteran who has consistently fought for America, and sides with Donald Trump:
Born in Russell, Kansas, Dole graduated from University of Kansas in 1943 and went on to become a U.S. Army Captain. In 1945, Dole was seriously wounded during a World War II battle in Italy. He spends the following three years recovering from injuries that leave his right arm permanently disabled and his left arm minimally functional. Regardless, he pursued the fight for America as an elected Kansas Senator from 1969 to 1996.
He was awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars with an oak leaf cluster. On top of that, Dole served as Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons and the Chairman of the National World War II Memorial fundraising campaign.
And now, Dole champions for Trump as he becomes the official presidential nominee for the Republican Party.