The G.I. Bill was instrumental in helping America thrive in the post-war years, providing a number of benefits our returning heroes were able to use to productively reintegrate into society, including financial assistance for education and training:
- 2.2 million went to college or a university
- 5.6 million pursued vocational and on-the-job training
- 2.4 million received home loans backed by the VA
Since its introduction, more than 20 million veterans and dependents have used the bill for education and training programs. Today, with an estimated drawdown from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom of 2.6 million veterans preparing to enter the civilian workforce, the G.I. Bill is just as essential as ever!
In seven decades, the G.I. Bill has given literally millions of veterans and families the opportunity to pursue the American dream through higher education. As the author of this landmark public policy, Mr. Colmery is more than worthy of our nation’s highest civilian award – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.