Posthumously Award Harry W. Colmery the Presidential Medal of Freedom

70 years ago, Kansan Harry W. Colmery wrote the first draft of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – also known as the G.I. Bill.

In the wake of the platinum anniversary of this momentous piece of legislation, Grantham University would like to take this opportunity to ensure Mr. Colmery finally receives the recognition he so rightfully deserves with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read more about Harry Colmery

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Shaping the Future of a Nation

The G.I. Bill was instrumental in helping America thrive in the post-war years, providing a number of benefits our returning heroes were able to use to productively reintegrate into society, including financial assistance for education and training:

  • 2.2 million went to college or a university
  • 5.6 million pursued vocational and on-the-job training
  • 2.4 million received home loans backed by the VA

Since its introduction, more than 20 million veterans and dependents have used the bill for education and training programs. Today, with an estimated drawdown from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom of 2.6 million veterans preparing to enter the civilian workforce, the G.I. Bill is just as essential as ever!

In seven decades, the G.I. Bill has given literally millions of veterans and families the opportunity to pursue the American dream through higher education. At Grantham University, we believe that as the author of this landmark public policy, Mr. Colmery is more than worthy of our nation’s highest civilian award – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


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