Senators Commemorate 80th Anniversary of G.I. Bill, Highlighting Impact on Veterans’ Lives

By Trish Svoboda

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran, Tom Carper, Jon Tester, and John Boozman announced a resolution to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the landmark legislation into law on June 22, 1944, providing returning World War II veterans with educational and housing benefits to help their reintegration into civilian life. The resolution celebrates the transformative impact of the G.I. Bill and underscores subsequent legislation such as the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act and the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017, which have extended similar benefits to generations of American service members.

“For 80 years, the G.I. Bill has made certain that veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service,” said Sen. Moran. “As the original author of the G.I. Bill, Kansas native Harry W. Colmery, helped millions of servicemembers and veterans gain access to higher education, become homeowners, and enhance successful career opportunities for those transitioning back into civilian life. I am thankful to my colleagues’ collective efforts over the years to support our nation’s heroes through many expansions of the G.I. Bill and all of the work they do to support veterans in Kansas and across the country.”

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