"...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."
Servicemen's Readjustment Act
June 22, 1944
Seventy-eighth Congress of the United States of America
held at the City of Washington on Monday, the tenth day of January, one
thousand nine hundred and forty-four
provide Federal Government aid for the readjustment in civilian life of
returning World War II veterans.
enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled, That this act may be cited as the
"Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944."
- Hospitalization, Claims, and Procedures
The Veterans' Administration is hereby declared to be an essential war
agency and entitled, second only to the War and Navy Departments, to
priorities in personnel, equipment, supplies, and material under any laws,
Executive orders, and regulations pertaining to priorities , and in
appointments of personnel from civil-service registers the Administrator of
Veterans' Affairs is hereby granted the same authority and discretion as
the War and Navy Departments and the United States Public Health Service:
That the provisions of this section as to priorities for materials
shall apply to any State institution to be built for the care or
hospitalization of veterans.
The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs and the Federal Board of
Hospitalization are hereby authorized and directed to expedite and complete
the construction of additional hospital facilities for war veterans, and to
enter into agreements and contracts for the use by or transfer to the
Veterans' Administration of suitable Army and Navy hospitals after
termination of hostilities in the present war or after such institutions
are no longer needed by the armed services; and the Administrator of
Veterans' Affairs is hereby authorized and directed to establish necessary
regional offices, sub-offices, branch offices, contact units, or other
subordinate offices in centers of population where there is no Veterans'
Administration facility, or where such a facility is not readily available
, That there is hereby authorized to be appropriated the sum of
$500,000,000 for the construction of additional hospital facilities.
The Administrator of Veterans' Affairs and the Secretary of War and
Secretary of the Navy are hereby granted authority to enter into agreements
and contracts for the mutual use or exchange
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