In the Spirit of the GI Bill, Cancel All Student Debt
What can we learn from past successes?
The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, also called the “G.I. Bill of Rights,” provided veterans with cash grants to cover tuition and living expenses for college, graduate school or professional training. It also provided access to low-cost, zero-money-down mortgages, gave low-cost loans to start businesses, and provided unemployment insurance to veterans seeking jobs.
For the first time, millions of Americans had a new chance to get ahead in life. Country singer Johnny Cash used his G.I. Bill benefits to study radio announcing in Memphis. Former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush attended college through the G.I. Bill. So did newscaster David Brinkley, astronaut turned Senator John Glenn, humorist Art Buchwald, entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte, and historian Howard Zinn, to name just a few.
The G.I. Bill’s benefits have been passed down through the generations. Children and grandchildren are able to attend college today because their parents and grandparents entered the middle class through the G.I. bill. Communities, and the nation as a whole, benefited too.
Political scientist Suzanne Mettler wrote that “the G.I. Bill’s education and training provisions had an overwhelmingly positive effect on… civic involvement.” People were given the education and the opportunity to enter public service, and many of those who did made their country better.LWolf, 7wo7rees, daleanime and 4 othersPADemD, Beebee, jdpriestly, aspirant like thisYou've heard of the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West, right? I'm the Morally Ambiguous Witch of the Northwest.
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