(Washington, D.C.) – “Vietnam Veterans of America mourns the death and
honors the memory of G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery, who died peacefully in his
hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, earlier today,” said VVA National
President John Rowan.
Montgomery’s contributions to the well-being of his fellow veterans will
long stand as a tribute to his commitment to those who donned the uniform.
He was a special friend to VVA,” Rowan said. “He played a pivotal role in
granting VVA a congressional charter. Had it not been for his efforts in
1984 as chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, others in
Congress who did not embrace our advocacy and our goals might have
The crowning legislative achievement of
Montgomery’s 13-year tenure as chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee is
the education bill named in his honor, which has made higher education
affordable for millions of veterans. “Perhaps as important,” Rowan said,
“was his steadfast belief that providing for veterans and their families
should not be a partisan undertaking or dependent upon ‘available’ funding.
“Sonny Montgomery will be remembered in
death as he was known in life, as ‘Mr. Veteran.’”