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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

Photo of G. V.

September 25, 2003     Video

Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1966, Democrat G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery represented Mississippi's Third District in Congress for fifteen terms, serving under seven presidents. Advocacy for veterans, the lodestar of his career, came from personal experience and conviction. In 1945 he helped capture a German machine gun nest and earned the Bronze Star for Valor. Among his many political accomplishments was the passage of the overhauled G. I. bill (H. R. 1657) now known as the Montgomery G. I Bill. This bill has extended benefits to thousands of soldiers in the nation's all-volunteer service. Montgomery also chaired the select committee of POWs and MIAs and led the way in the establishment of Veterans Affairs as a cabinet position. Sonny, now a senior statesman, is known affectionately as on Capitol Hill as "Mr. Veteran" for his work with and for America's veterans.