GI Bill of Rights Day 2015


WHEREAS, on June 22, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights, which has since benefitted generations of servicemen and servicewomen in their transition back to civilian life; and

WHEREAS, President Franklin Roosevelt noted the passage of the GI Bill gave “emphatic notice to the men and women of our Armed Forces that the American people do not intend to let them down;” and

WHEREAS, on June 30, 2008, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act — first introduced by Virginia Senator Jim Webb — became law, expanding benefits for military veterans, including funding 100 percent of a public four-year undergraduate education for veterans who have served three years on active duty since September 11, 2001; and

WHEREAS, the GI Bill currently benefits more than 63,000 veterans in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, more than 1,000 instructional institutions provide training and education to veterans and their dependents in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth continues to support the GI Bill and its pledge to meet the educational needs of veterans, and remains dedicated to strengthening this commitment for future generations;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize June 22, 2015, as GI BILL OF RIGHTS DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.