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Protecting Veterans and GI Bill

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:35 am

Seventy years ago this summer, Congress voted unanimously to create the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, known informally as the GI Bill, to provide veterans returning from World War II with business and home loans and tuition and college housing assistance. Within seven years, an estimated 2 million veterans had used the GI Bill to go to college. In 1947, veterans accounted for nearly half of all students attending college — although

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