Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid homage to late Sen. Bob Dole and his military service, calling him an "incredible example of a lifetime of selfless service to our nation."
"Sen. Dole's commitment to this democracy was unwavering," Milley said during remarks at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC.
Milley spoke about Dole's service during World War ||, in which he was gravely injured.
"He suffered, he endured and he showed us all what hope can do," Milley said.
He continued: "He fought and, more importantly, he lived for an idea: An idea that says a kid from Kansas, some small town, who could make it through the Depression could go to college, play sports, become an officer in the Army, go to law school, run for Congress, become a senator and run three times for president. He fought and lived. He fought and lived for that idea. And he built this monument to the other 16 million who fought and lived for that idea. When others would have given up, Bob Dole never did."