- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 21

Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville, Kentucky on protecting veterans:

Seventy years ago this summer, Congress voted unanimously to create the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, known informally as the GI Bill, to provide veterans returning from World War II with business and home loans and tuition and college housing assistance. Within seven years, an estimated 2 million veterans had used the GI Bill to go to college. In 1947, veterans accounted for nearly half of all students attending college - although before the war, a college education was not seen as a goal the average American could easily achieve. Twelve years after the first GI Bill ended, 7.8 million of the 16 million WWII veterans had used the benefit to attend college or another training program.

The educational investment paid off for the veterans and the country. These Americans grew into the Greatest Generation. They became community leaders, business owners and professionals. They supported their families, served in civic groups, paid taxes and created opportunities for their children.

On the day the bill became law, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “With the signing of this bill a well-rounded program of special veterans’ benefits is nearly completed. It gives emphatic notice to the men and women in our armed forces that the American people do not intend to let them down.”

A good college education can still empower military veterans with new skills and knowledge they need in the transition to civilian life.

Today, one of the greatest threats to the GI Bill is the exploitation of veterans - especially by for-profit colleges and technical schools.

When veterans spend educational benefits at schools that have high loan default rates and low graduation rates, they are denied the promise of a better future for themselves and their families.

America owes a debt to veterans who serve the country honorably - just as we did following WWII.

That’s why we must protect the soundness of the GI Bill by ensuring that benefits are used at legitimate colleges and technical schools.




July 20

The Daily News, Bowling Green, Kentucky on new laws:

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