Congressional Digest

Congressional Digest November 2012 No. 9 Vol. 91
Veterans Employment

Veterans Employment

Jobs and Benefits for Those Who Served

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Ever since the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony passed a law in 1636 requiring that men wounded in war with the Indians be supported for life, Americans have sought, in one way or another, to take care of their veterans. The Continental Congress of 1776 encouraged enlistments during the Revolutionary War by providing pensions to disabled soldiers, and in the nineteenth century, assistance programs were expanded to included benefits not only to veterans but to their widows and dependents.

The landmark Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, popularly known as the GI Bill, was a turning point in Federal assistance t…

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