Purpose

GI Bill Timeline

FDR

This bill therefore and the former legislation provide the special benefits which are due to the members of our armed forces — for they “have been compelled to make greater economic sacrifice and every other kind of sacrifice than the rest of us, and are entitled to definite action to help take care of their special problems.” While further study and experience may suggest some changes and improvements, the Congress is to be congratulated on the prompt action it has taken”.(2)

Roosevelt’s statements upon signing the GI Bill

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The interviewees explored the impact that both the GI Bill and their military experience had on their focus when returning to school.  These clips give us and understanding of the way that the GI Bill and other financial aid has impacted veterans.  This section also explores, through oral history, the ways that student veterans feel about their role on campus.

  • Jeff Best discusses the way he experiences campus life as a soldier.  In this clip he shares his feelings on being recognized as a military serviceman on campus.
  • Anthony Hinen discusses a variety of issues from the Services offered to Veterans (including the Montgomery GI Bill) off and on campus.  He also suggests that the military helped him to “grow up” and to fully understand the value of education.

Clip 1-Veteran Services

Clip 2- Interactions with other students and differences between military and college life