The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump has signed legislation authorizing the honorary promotion of former Sen. Robert Dole, R-Kan., from captain to colonel in the U.S. Army in honor of his service in World War II.
The measure, which passed unanimously in the House last month after clearing the Senate, recognized the 1996 GOP presidential nominee for military service that included two Purple Hearts and two awards of the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.
Dole, 95, was last seen at the Capitol, where he served for decades, in December as he paid tribute to the late President George H.W. Bush by rising from his wheelchair to salute Bush’s coffin in the rotunda.
Last year, Trump praised Dole as a “great American” during a presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress.