Documents:  The G.I. Bill

"...the members of the armed forces have been compelled to make greater economic sacrifice and every other kind of sacrifice than the rest of us, and they are entitled to definite action to help take care of their special problems."

Our Documents: Servicemen's Readjustment Act
(G.I. Bill)
June 22, 1944

Throughout World War II, Franklin Roosevelt was concerned with the post-war period, especially with how American soldiers would readjust to civilian life. Most of the soldiers were young men who had spent their youth at war, many of whom had forsaken college or vocational training to fight in the war. To make up for this, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Servicemen's Readjustment Act, also known as the "G.I. Bill". The G.I. Bill provided new opportunities and resources to veterans such as money for education and training, loan guarantees for homes, job-finding assistance, unemployment relief, and improved VA hospitals. By offering veterans incentives to go back to school and not work, the G.I. Bill helped to make America's conversion to a peacetime economy a smooth one because not as many people were clamoring for jobs.

bullet First Page of GI Bill, June 22, 1944 , Image | Text

bullet Franklin Roosevelt's Statement on Signing the G.I. Bill , June 22, 1944

bullet Franklin Roosevelt's Fireside Chat on Progress of War and Plans for Peace , July 28, 1943

bullet Franklin Roosevelt's Message to Congress on the Education of War Veterans , October 27, 1943

bullet Franklin Roosevelt's Message to Congress on the Return of Service Personnel to Civilian Life , November 23, 1943

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