The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs paid $13,000 over a three-month period for a senior official's biweekly commute to Washington from his home in California, according to expense reports obtained by ProPublica.
Gene Rogers lived a large life before dementia began to chip away at it.
A former Marine who signed up at 17 and fought in Korea, Rogers went on to become a stock car racer, earned an electronics degree and spent more than three decades working for AT&T as he and his wife, Kathryn, raised three boys during their 60-year marriage.
He spent his retirement in Carlsbad, living near Camp Pendleton where he started in the Marine Corps and where his passion for golf took him to a course nearly every day.
The Senate passed a resolution honoring the life of Richard Overton on Thursday, in expression of a "deep appreciation for the outstanding and important service" that he gave to the United States.
The 112-year-old was the nation's oldest man and had been the oldest living World War II veteran since 2016. He died on Dec. 27 and was buried at the Texas State Cemetary on Saturday,
according to The Dallas Morning News.