As the nation draws closer to the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill of 1944 – the original version drafted by American Legion Past National Commander Harry Colmery – the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is asking for GI Bill success stories from both veterans and other beneficiaries.
The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, known as the GI Bill, was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944; Colmery spent five months in Washington's Mayflower Hotel writing page after page of what served as the foundation for the legislation granting war veterans an array of rights and later served as a pattern for programs to aid future veterans and their families.
VA will celebrate the anniversary of the GI Bill this summer and wants GI Bill success stories to be a part of that celebration. Whether it was getting an education, purchasing a house or using other VA benefits, veterans are invited to share their stories by uploading a video between now and June 22. The video may appear on VA’s YouTube playlist or in other VA materials.