The 80th Anniversary of the G.I. Bill

This post was created in collaboration with Chris Byrd, Archives Technician in the Still Picture Branch.

Original Caption: Pvt. Sidney Rosenfeld of 1001 42nd St., Des Moines, Iowa, known as one of the most ingenious and energetic men in his outfit waded ashore at Omaha Beach with the US Sixth Engineer Special Brigade and then volunteered for the paratroopers. He is now enroute home with the 17th Airborne Div., having left from Marseilles, France. September 7, 1945.
Local Identifier: 111-SC-211694.

June 22, 2024, will mark the 80th anniversary of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. This landmark legislation is most commonly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, as it offered Federal aid to help veterans adjust to civilian life in the areas of hospitalization, purchase of homes, businesses, and especially, education.

The bill unanimously passed both chambers of Congress in the spring of 1944 and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law on June 22, 1944, just over two weeks after the Allied invasion of Normandy. Here in the Still Picture Branch at the National Archives, we have many photographs and posters within our holdings that show just how the G.I. Bill of Rights provided for World War II veterans.

Original Caption: Brig. Gen. Fenton S. Jacobs, CG Base “M” inspects the illustrated GI Bill of Rights Section of the Information and Educational Center in San Fernando, La Union, Luzon, P.I. October 29, 1945.
Local ID: 111-SC-238200.

Original Caption: Discharged soldier applies for G.I. Bill of Rights Schooling. February 5, 1946.
Local ID: 111-SC-251648.

“Job Security Under the Amended GI Bill of Rights.” Newsmap – Volume 4, Number 49.
Local ID: 26-NM-4-49. NAID: 66395427.

“Farm Loans Under the Amended GI Bill of Rights.” Newsmap – Volume 4, Number 50.
Local ID: 26-NM-4-50. NAID: 66395429.

The G.I. Bill has been extended several times. Nearly 2.3 million veterans participated in the program during the Korean War era and more than eight million during the Vietnam War era.

Featured Document exhibit in the East Rotunda at Archives 1 for the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill of Rights.
Local ID: 64-CFDA-20140610-01-003. NAID: 286212984.

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  1. Sidney Rosenfeld returned to the US on September 15, 1945. According to his bonus application, he was paid $410.00 in 1949 for his 36 months of service (20 overseas). By that time he had become a used car salesman in Des Moines, but then relocated to Columbus, OH, where he died in May 2010 aged 79.

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