Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan On the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan On the 70th Anniversary of the GI Bill

June 20, 2014

Following is a statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on the 70th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing on June 22, 1944, the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill.

“As we approach the 70th anniversary of the GI Bill, we commemorate one of the most successful pieces of legislation in American history. Passed at the height of World War II, the landmark measure enabled millions of America’s Greatest Generation to obtain unprecedented access to college and training. In the years since, the law has appropriately been a way for our country to say, ‘thank you for a job well done,’ to our returning service men and women.

“Today, we at the Education Department are continuing to support veterans’ success on campus. We are working to increase access to quality and affordable educational institutions, remove barriers to degree completion and foster practices that strengthen campus cultures for student veterans.

“In 2012, President Obama signed Executive Order 13607, establishing principles of excellence for educational institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses and other family members. Out of that effort has arisen the ‘8 Keys to Veterans’ Success’ -- concrete steps that postsecondary institutions can take to assist veterans and service members in transitioning to postsecondary education, completing their college degrees and obtaining career-ready skills.

“In the coming months, we will continue our outreach to support our veterans. As part of that resolve, we encourage institutions to adopt the 8 Keys or otherwise take steps to support our veterans as they pursue their education and employment dreams. It’s one more way for a grateful nation to extend its appreciation for our patriotic men and women helping preserve our freedom.”