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Reminder to veterans, January 1951

By the time the original G.I. Bill ended in July 1956, it had aided nearly eight million World War II veterans—including 332,178 women—in obtaining vocational training or a college education. Marine Corps veteran Michelina Maple reminded others of the deadline in 1951.

 

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Reminder to veterans, January 1951

The G.I. Bill of Rights

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, known better as the G.I. Bill of Rights, guaranteed World War II veterans funds for college education and vocational training, unemployment insurance and home loans. Along with successor legislation extending benefits to veterans of other wars, it is considered one of the furthest-reaching acts of Congress in the twentieth century.

Just as the free public-school system has been a tremendous force for democracy, this provision for the education of millions of men and women releases unlimited resources in our young people.

Senator Robert F. Wagner’s Speech to the Senate, June 23, 1944