Sen. Moran Joins Colleagues in Introducing Resolution to Commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the G.I. Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) introduced a resolution to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, better known as the G.I. Bill.


Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944, this landmark legislation provided returning World War II veterans with a wide array of educational and housing benefits to ease their transition back to civilian life. This resolution specifically celebrates the transformative impacts of the G.I. Bill and highlights subsequent legislation, including the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act and the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2017 that have provided generations of American servicemembers with similar benefits. 


“For 80 years, the G.I. Bill has made certain that veterans receive the benefits they have earned through their service,” said Sen. Moran. “As the original author of the G.I. Bill, Kansas native Harry W. Colmery, helped millions of servicemembers and veterans gain access to higher education, become home owners and enhance successful career opportunities for those transitioning back into civilian life. I am thankful to my colleagues’ collective efforts over the years to support our nation’s heroes through many expansions of the G.I. Bill and all of the work they do to support veterans in Kansas and across the country.”


“As Americans, we have a duty to serve those who serve our country. For 80 years now, the G.I. Bill has helped us live up to that promise by providing our veterans with the resources necessary to build a prosperous life in the country they fought so hard to protect,” said Sen. Carper. “The G.I. Bill has been a lifeline in my family for generations. After serving as a Chief Petty Officer in World War II, my father used his G.I. Bill benefits to learn how to become an autobody repairman. And after my three tours of duty in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, it was the G.I. Bill that enabled me to pursue my MBA at the University of Delaware and ultimately have a successful career in public service. I’m proud to join Senators Moran, Tester and Boozman to continue supporting our veterans and recognize the anniversary of this landmark legislation.” 


“Our veterans stepped up and served with a solemn promise their country would take care of them after their time in uniform,” said Sen. Tester. “Ensuring veterans’ access to higher education is a critically important way we honor this promise. And because of the GI Bill, generations of veterans have been able to obtain an education and advance their civilian careers. As Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’ll always fight to protect our student veterans and their hard-earned benefits at universities in Montana and across the country.”


“The G.I. Bill is a significant investment in our servicemembers,” said Sen. Boozman. “This landmark law has delivered benefits to veterans and their families for 80 years to help their transition to civilian life. It serves as an important aspect of honoring the commitment we made to the men and women who wear our nation’s uniform and I’m pleased to continue advocating for improvements to expand the education opportunities they have earned.”


The full text of the resolution can be found here.


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