Talk about having your cake and eating it too. That probably best describes the life and retired Congressman G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery. On this day he is celebrating his 84th birthday with a circle of friends.
Complete with coconut cake and sausage biscuits, perhaps this is not exactly like the gala affairs the Congressman attended over the years while rubbing shoulders with presidents but in many ways he says it's better!
"This area and county and state have been very good to me," says Montgomery. "They've been better to me than I've probably been to them."
Perhaps to many that's debatable. After all, Montgomery who's known to many as "Mr. Veteran" spearheaded efforts during his 30 years in Congress to pass landmark legislation such as the Montgomery GI Bill which provides educational assistance for soldiers.
It's accomplishments such as this and at least one other which he says have made him most proud.
"I concentrated in two areas, veterans and military in the Congress. I didn't try to get into other areas of the federal government and in the state legislature. I still hold the record for never missing a vote in the legislature."
As with all of us, over the years some things have changed for Montgomery. However, friends of the Congressman say many other things have not.
"He's done so much for the veterans. He's known as Mr. Veteran," says longtime friend John Simmons.
"He's a thoughtful person," says Lee Davison. "He's just a gentleman. Thats all I can say."
"I've done the best I could. I probably could have done better in certain areas of government, but the people have done more for me than I've done for them and I appreciate it very much and I'm home to stay now. I came home."