ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 29: Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-TN) attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)
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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - "Thank you for your service." A handshake, followed by a friendly chat. "Did we get our picture?"
It’s a typical Saturday for Bob Dole. Meeting veterans at the World War II memorial in Washington DC.
"I try to go to every honor flight," said Dole.
During our interview, Dole's passion for service, country and the memorial he helped to build was obvious.
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"We raised 170 million dollars privately," said Dole. "There is no federal money in the World War II memorial."
A war hero, U.S. Senator, and the 1996 presidential nominee, the small town Kansas kid has lived a big life. He says his greatest political accomplishment was saving Social Security in 1983 with New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
"A lot of people, their checks would have been delayed," said Dole. "We worked it out, we had a commission. The two of us sort of took over."
> 24 Photos > WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Former US Senator Bob Dole arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. (Photo by Saul Loeb - Pool/Getty Images) Photo Gallery: Bob Dole through the years
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Former US Senator Bob Dole arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States today. (Photo by Saul Loeb - Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole (R), a veteran of World War Two, participates in a wreath laying ceremony at a Veterans Day event at the World War Two Memorial November 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. The ceremony paid tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with the U.S. armed forces during World War Two. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) take their seats during Mr. Pompeo's confirmation hearing to be the director of the CIA before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mr. Pompeo is a former Army officer who graduated first in his class from West Point. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) and President Donald Trump (L) congratulate former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole on receiving the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol, on January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: Secretary of State nominee Mike Pompeo (L), thanks former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), for his comments during his confirmation hearing before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, on April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump nominated Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Former U.S. president Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with former Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) (L) and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-TN) on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 18: Presumptive Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) speaks with World War II veteran and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicks off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 16: Former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) (R) speaks as U.S. President George W. Bush (C) and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala (L) look on during a Rose Garden event at the White House October 16, 2007 in Washington, DC. Bush had a closed meeting with members of the commission prior to the event to discuss the commission's recommendations. Dole and Shalala are the co-chairs of the commission. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Vice President Dick Cheney, Tom Ford (brother) and former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole watch as a military honor guard carries former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford's casket into the U.S. Capitol December 30, 2006 in Washington, DC. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, died at the age of 93 on December 26. (Photo by Chuck Kennedy-Pool/Getty Images)
MIAMI - MARCH 26: Former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) (C), a co-chair of the Presidential Commission on Care for Americas' Returning Wounded Warriors, is helped into a sterile jumpsuit by U.S Army Lieutenant Loraine Knight and Dr. Mark McKenney as he visits the U.S. Army Trauma Training Center at the Ryder Trauma Center March 26, 2007 at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida. Dole and his co-chair, Donna Shalala, also visited a Veterans Affairs medical Center as they continue the work of the nine-member commission setup recently by President George W. Bush. They are conducting a comprehensive review of the care America is providing for wounded servicemen and women returning from the battlefield. (Photo by Ronna Gradus-Pool-Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: (L to R) Former Senator Bob Dole, former President George H.W. Bush and Bush's wife Barbara watch from the audience on night two of the Republican National Convention August 31, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 25: Co-Chairs of the President?s Commission on Care for America?s Returning Wounded Warriors, Former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala (C) and former Senator Bob Dole (L) sit with President George W. Bush (R) after a meeting in the Oval Office of The White House July 25. 2007 in Washington, DC. Bush met with the two co-chairs of the commission before they released their report regarding wounded military personnel. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 31: Former Senator Bob Dole (L) and former President George H.W. Bush watch from the audience on night two of the Republican National Convention August 31, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Shaun Heasley/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 25: Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) (L) and her husband, former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (R-KS), standing next to Robert Dole's official "Leadership Portrait" in the Old Senate Chamber in the US Capitol July 25, 2006 in Washington, DC. Sen. Bob Dole first came to Congress as a representative in 1961 and was elected to the Senate in 1968. He retired from leadership in 1996 after accepting the GOP presidential nomination. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - DECEMBER 05: U.S. Defense Secretary Nominee Robert Gates (C) talks to former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) (L) and former Sen. David Boren (D-OK) (R) prior to his confirmation hearing December 5, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Gates will replace Donald Rumsfeld as the next defense secretary. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 30: Former U.S. Senator Bob Dole gestures as he speaks on NBC's "Meet the Press" during a taping at the NBC studios May 30, 2004 in Washington, DC. Senator Dole spoke about the newly dedicated World War II Memorial. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
GLENVIEW, IL - JUNE 1: Former senator Bob Dole greets seniors and guests after speaking during his nationwide speaking tour to discuss the new Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit law at a continuing care retirement community June 1, 2004 in Glenview, Illinois. Dole spoke on the first day seniors will be able to receive savings on prescription drugs through the use of the new Medicare prescription discount cards and also announced the addition of the Alzheimer's Association, National Association for Uniform Services and Hispanics Impacting Public Policy, to his list of groups that are supporting his campaign on the new Medicare Drug Benefit. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - MAY 27: Former Senator Bob Dole (C) waves to the crowd as former Senator George McGovern (R) and moderator Marc Pachter (L) look on as they take part in a discussion during the National World War II Reunion event at the National Mall May 27, 2004 in Washington, DC. Tens of thousands of World War II veterans are expected to attend the official opening ceremony of the National World War II Memorial on the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 10: Former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) (R) listens to Former New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) attend a pro-war rally April 10, 2003 in New York City. About 25,000 people attended the rally held near the site of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - APRIL 27: (L-R) U.S. Senator John Warner (R-VA), former Senator Bob Dole and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) visit the new World War II Memorial April 27, 2004 in Washington, DC. The Memorial will open to the public later this week and be dedicated on Memorial Day. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 7: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (R) swears in Senator Elizabeth Dole (L)(R-NC) as her husband, former Senator Bob Dole (C), looks on during a swearing in re-enactment January 7, 2003 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This is the first day of the 108th Congress and members of the House of Representatives will be sworn in and leadership elections will be held. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
SALISBURY, NC - NOVEMBER 5: Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) declares victory at campaign headquarters in her hometown with her husband Bob Dole November 5, 2002 in Salisbury, North Carolina. Elizabeth Dole defeated Democratic candidate Erskine Bowles. (Photo by Brian Gomsak/Getty Images)
395108 01: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) joins former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole to announce they will chair a $100 million campaign to raise scholarship funds to benefit families of the September 11 terrorist attacks September 29, 2001 at Georgetown University in Washington. (Photo by Mike Theiler/Getty Images)
2 Sep 1996: Bob Dole makes an appearance at a game between the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won the game, 8-7.
It’s those victories, where Democrats and Republicans worked together, that Dole cherishes most.
His love of politics, clearly still burns deep. He says if he could, he would love to hit the road for fellow Republicans.
"I would like to go out and campaign for somebody," said Dole. "I did a lot of it all over the country.“
Dole still campaigns for candidates on his Twitter page, and his support for fellow Kansans in D.C. is strong.
"Of course, Wichita, we have Mike Pompeo, who is the strongest man in the Cabinet. Is getting more and more involved with foreign policy," said Dole. "I think Trump is lucky to have Mike Pompeo."
Just as Kansas is lucky to have Bob Dole.
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