Honoring Our Commitment by Improving the GI Bill – Arkansas News

Honoring Our Commitment by Improving the GI Bill – Arkansas News

Our nation has a responsibility to honor our promise to the men and women who selflessly place themselves in harm’s way. Throughout our history, that hasn’t always been easy.

Stories of veterans and the federal government at odds over benefits go all the way back to the demobilization of the Continental Army in the late 1700’s. During the height of the Great Depression, World War I veterans gathered in Washington, D.C. to demand immediate cash payment of their bonuses. The ensuing protest led to an ugly clash with authorities that resulted in the deaths of two veterans.

After World War II, the nation turned a corner. While there have been stumbles along the way—the treatment of veterans returning from the Vietnam War was certainly a dark chapter—it was the passage of the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly referred to as the GI Bill, that helped us change the dynamic for the better.

The GI Bill gave…

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