“Showing Support for the Troops” by Bill Press:
June 13, 2008, 1:00am
It’s one thing to brag about supporting the troops. It’s another to do so. And George Bush and John McCain are braggers.
The GI Bill is one of the most important government programs ever created, right up there with Social Security and Medicare. It was first passed by Congress in 1944 and signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt, as the final program of his New Deal. FDR wanted to avoid a repeat of the Great Depression that followed World War I and did not want WWII veterans to suffer the same fate as veterans of the Great War, who were given little more than $60 and a train ticket home.