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by PABLO REINA GONZALEZ - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 09:48 PM

In Hilary Herbold’s “Never a Level Playing Field: Blacks and the GI Bill” and Margot Canaday’s “Sexuality and Social Citizenship Under the 1944 GI Bill” there are many examples of America’s lack of equality when it came to legislation. The bill, which gave servicemen employment benefits and allowed them to receive a proper education, was very positive and effective when it came to white, male and straight veterans. 10’s of million of veterans received college level education that  led them towards a bright path but the same cannot be said of homosexuals, female or black veterans (or any combination of the former). The Veterans Administration (VA), withheld benefits from African-Americans, women and any soldier who was discharged dishonorably (for homosexual behavior and tendencies for example). No matter how much time the person had served, if they were discharged dishonorably, they received absolutely nothing for their service to their country. Some attempted to file for them, and in the end they were all denied their compensation. This trend goes back to the 19th century and Universal WHITE MALE Suffrage. Using an example that is even closer to the GI bill, the Black Shirts put white males first and deprived black men of their jobs during the Great Depression. The GI bill was targeted at a specific group, white men, because of course “they needed it more”. The rest would either get a watered down version of the benefits or none at all. It goes to show how recently this country began to shift away from these ideals and beliefs, and maybe if we look hard enough we can find the same trends today.

Re: GI Bill Post
by BEFTU SULTAN - Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 11:19 PM

It is important to note that F.D.R made an effort to expand the bill to include more than just veterans but also poor people. The bill was somewhat like a way to persuade poor people to enlist into the war and fight otherwise it would be very difficult to claim the financial benefits the bill provided. The benefits that included loans to get a house, and an education were undoubtedly very difficult for poor people to accomplish without financial assistance. Even today, there are high school students who enlist into the army because of the financial benefits they can claim such as the previously listed benefits, proving the ongoning existence of the G.I Bill today. 

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Re: GI Bill Post
by Beminet Desalegn - Friday, April 8, 2016, 12:38 AM

I agree that the G.I. Bill was only benefitial for the dominant groups of society at this time period. While different types of people joined the army and battled in the war, only certain groups benefited as a result which reflects badly on the democratic world that America proudly talks about. In addition to the discrimination at home, African Americans were denied benefits such as education and housing which contributed to many families being poor. It also led to many upcoming generations to continue to live in the same poor and inadequate living style that their previous families had. Furthermore, homosexuals were denied the GI Bill when they had also fought in the same war as the ones who received the benefits. Just because of their sexual orienntation, they were discriminated against and prevented from receving equal benefits as others. While it hurt them economically, it also damaged them psychlogically because after they received the blue papers, they started to be considered as rejects and outcasts of their societies. Although the GI Bill benefited many people, it also damaged and hurt several others who had the right to earn equal aid and profits.