Michael Stevelman

A while back, all of the soldiers in my platoon had received a letter in the mail from the US Armed Forces. It stated that we were guaranteed (after the war) to be able to obtain low cost loans for building a business and to provide ourselves with affordable housing. This meant a whole lot to many of our soldiers because it will effect the way we will be able to lives after the war. We will be able to buy a house and obtain afford the loans to keep it. We will also be able to maintain our farms without worrying about paying for the necessities to begin each season.

This New Bill also stated that we will be given scholarships provided the government to attend college or vocational education for returning World War II veterans. We will be able to go to school to earn a college degree in which to earn a better career opportunity. We will also be granted 20 dollars a week in the time where we are unemployed or in search of a new job.

By the end of the program on January 31, 1965 approximately 2.4 million out of 5.5 million eligible veterans had used their benefits to go to school. About 1.2 million had used them to enter higher education, and about 318,000 for job training.


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