The 70th anniversary of the GI Bill has arrived. In light of the recent negative news about the Department of Veterans Affairs, I’d like to share the story of how the GI Bill has changed my life.
When I joined the Army in April 2002, I was a high school dropout. After three tours in Iraq, and after getting an honorable discharge in 2009, I realized that if I wanted a real future I would need to go to school. To be honest, I was more horrified of school than I was of combat!
I enrolled at Oklahoma City Community College and soon realized that in comparison to my deployments, it was a real blessing to be able to study. In 2013, after maintaining good grades and moving to OU, I was selected to become a Harry S. Truman Scholar. The scholarship is for students going into public service.
I’m now one semester away from graduating with honors and I plan to go to law school next fall. My long-term goal is to work at and with the Veterans Administration to make sure that veterans get the care and service they’ve earned.
I can’t imagine where I’d be without the GI Bill. I know I wouldn’t be a few short months from graduating college. The most important goal I have is to pay back, with interest, the taxpayers who made this remarkable investment in me.
Kenneth Meador, Moore
The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act became law on June 22, 1944.