By Leigh Munsil
Former Sen. Bob Dole, a World War II veteran, says he worries about younger injured veterans at places like Walter Reed Army Medical Center, having himself lived for decades with a disability resulting from the wounds of war.
“When they’re there, they’re surrounded by people caring for them. Nurses, technicians, doctors,” the former Republican senator from Kansas and presidential candidate said. “I’ve often wondered if they realize what happens when they roll out their wheelchair and go home, if they understand in some cases this is forever. It’s a shock.”
Having worked with veterans for years, he added that he knows that veterans of conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan will be taken care of long after he’s gone.
“That’s what makes America so great,” he said. “We don’t forget those who fought for us.”