Something Else Named for Sonny

A new auditorium at the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters
in Washington, D.C., now bears the name of Sonny Montgomery.

It was dedicated in a ceremony Wednesday. While serving thirty years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Montgomery was also chairman of the Veterans Affairs Committee.

"Chairman Montgomery is a great American, whose distinguished record of public service, both in the hot winds of battle and in the congressional arena, is the quintessential hallmark of service to country and service to others, said VA Secretary Anthony Principi.

Montgomery wrote the GI Bill and helped elevate the VA Department to full cabinet-level status.

"It really allowed us to go to the front door of the White House, instead of the back door," said Montgomery.

Montgomery retired from Congress in 1997.