The G.I. Bill – Celebrating 70 Years of Helping Veterans Succeed on the Home Front!

On June 22, 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, more commonly known as the G.I. Bill, into law.

This ground-breaking legislation provided a wide range of benefits for World War II veterans, including tuition to pursue an education, low-cost mortgages, loans to start a business and living expenses, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. The G.I. Bill was available to all veterans who served at least 90 days of active-duty service and received any discharge aside from dishonorable.

Within 12 years, more than 2 million veterans used their G.I. Bill to attend colleges or universities. An additional 6 million used their benefits for vocational, on-the-job and apprenticeship training programs. In 1947, the high point of G.I. Bill usage, nearly 50 percent of all college enrollments were veterans.

Since the original law, the Bill has been modified four times to remedy previous issues and include additional benefits for veterans of subsequent wars, as well as those who served during peacetime. To date, more than 20 million veterans have utilized the G.I. Bill to ease their transition back into the civilian world.

At Grantham University, we salute 70 years of academic excellence and achievement, made possible thanks to this momentous legislation. That’s why we’re spearheading an effort to posthumously award the 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom to the original writer of the G.I. Bill – Mr. Harry W. Colmery.

For more information on the G.I. Bill, Harry W. Colmery, the Presidential Medal of Freedom or Grantham University join us at AwardForFreedom.com.