“Our servicemen and women are serving throughout the world as guardians of peace… They are visible evidence of our determination to meet any threat to the peace with measured strength and high resolve.” — U.S. President John F. Kennedy
The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the G.I. Bill, was signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt 75 years ago today. Sixteen million Americans served their country in World War II, and the G.I. Bill was designed to help this mass influx of returning veterans assimilate to civilian life. Offering a wide range of benefits that may have been otherwise unattainable — such as medical care, low-interest mortgages and tuition stipends, the G.I. Bill made the post-war transition seamless, empowering veterans to start businesses and pursuit higher education.