WHEREAS, on June 22, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the GI Bill of Rights, which has since benefited generations of servicemen and servicewomen in their transition 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 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 49,000 veterans in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, this year, the GI Bill will bring more than $841 million in education funding to the Commonwealth; 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 their dependents, and remains dedicated to strengthening this commitment for future generations;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 22, 2019, as GI BILL OF RIGHTS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the enactment of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.