On January 10, 1944, Congress introduced the first Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, later known as the GI Bill. Roughly five months later, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law.
Today, the GI Bill provides service members, veterans, and their families not only with pathways for obtaining higher education, but also with a basic allowance for housing, that enables them to pay the rent and put food on the table while doing so.
It can also provide benefits to their spouses and dependent children, if the service members elects to transfer the benefit prior to separating from the service. Other educational benefits could provide monthly stipends directly to qualified veterans’ dependents as well.
The GI Bill was updated in 1984 as the Montgomery GI Bill, and again with the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008.
For a history of the GI Bill, click on our CalVet Connect story from June 2019: