Positive Effects of the G.I. Bill

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Positive Effects of the G.I. Bill When American Soldiers came home from World War II, they came home to a society that was trying to make the rocky transition from a war time society back into a peace time society. They came back home to a society where jobs were more and more scarce with the ending of the war, and America’s lower and middle had become sluggish and poverty stricken. The G.I. Bill is a positive governmental program that helps veterans by providing educational assistance and transitioning back into society and helping with financial needs. The G.I. Bill dramatically has increased financial support for service man and women to get a college education. Under the G.I. Bill, veterans who had served in the armed forces whose educations had been “impeded, delayed, interrupted or interfered with” were “eligible for and entitled to receive education or training” (Readjustment Act 288). There were few restrictions between the millions of servicemen and a golden opportunity of education, such as: honorable discharge, minimum of 90 service days, and maximum age requirement. Any veteran over the age limit for a full education was allowed to take a refresher course no matter his or her age or educational background (Manning 1002). Those who were under twenty-five years of age were allowed up to four years of schooling based on amount of time spent in the service (Readjustment Act 288). Out of 14 million eligible, $2.2 million veterans jumped at the chance to attend college. “At a cost of $5.5 billion, the first G.I. Bill turned out 450,000 engineers, 240,000 accountants, 238,000 teachers, 91,000 scientists, 67,000 doctors, 12,000 dentists, 17,000 writers and editors, and thousands of other professionals” (Kiester). World War II veterans qualified for up to $500 worth of tuition and books per year. Not all World War II veterans used to full $500 per year,

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