Since 1944 the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill, has impacted the lives of millions of Veterans and their families. The law provided a wide range of benefits to Veterans returning from World War II, including low-cost home loans, education and vocational training, unemployment payments, and an expansion of Veterans’ health care. As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the GI Bill, we will tell the story of how this legislation has impacted Veterans and their families for generations.
The original GI Bill has long been considered an enormous success — by historians, politicians and economists — for its impact on the post-war economy following World War II and capital investment in our “Greatest Generation.” The bill is widely credited with being a key contributor in establishing the American middle class, expanding access to education, helping Veterans transition from military to civilian life.
- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the GI Bill on June 22, 1944.
- Don A. Balfour was the first student to receive GI Bill education benefits. He used those benefits to attend George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
- Miles Myers was the first recipient of a VA home loan. Myers was a Captain in World War II and after the war was a civil service employee on President Roosevelt’s staff. Captain Myers is buried in Arlington Cemetery.
Share your GI Bill story by submitting a video, now through June 22, 2019. Go to the VA website here for more details on submitting video.