June marks the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill, as President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed what was then called the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 into law on June 22, 1944.
Among the events taking place to commemorate the anniversary:
The Department of New Jersey will host The American Legion’s traveling exhibit, “The Greatest Legislation: An American Legion Centennial Salute to the GI Bill,” June 12-14 during the department convention. A social and unveiling is scheduled for 5 p.m. June 13 at Wildwood Convention Hall, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, N.J. Scheduled speakers include National Commander Brett Reistad, Department Commander Ray Miller, Congressmen Donald Norcross and Chris Smith, Wilmington Medical Center Director Vince Kane, Rowan University President Dr. Ali A. Houshmand, and Stockton University Vice President E. Michael Angulo.
A Congressional reception hosted by The American Legion and Student Veterans of America, featuring “The Greatest Legislation” exhibit, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 19 in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol.
“The Greatest Legislation” traveling exhibit is scheduled to be on display in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse during The American Legion’s 101st National Convention in Indianapolis, Aug. 23-29.