Veterans returning from World War 2 were the first servicemen and women to be able to access the benefits of the GI Bill, officially known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944. Far more GI's than expected took advantage of the opportunity to have Uncle Sam pay for their education. The University of Minnesota was a leader in welcoming the veterans to campus. The college degrees they earned lifted thousands of those who served into the middle and professional class and gave them the knowledge and skills that fueled the post-War economy.
This episode features Minnesota veterans Jeanne Bearmon and Sherman Garon.
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Veterans’ Voices Untold Stories: Stephen Rocheford #7
December 2012, Stephen Rocheford asked a senior officer if the army would advertise for LGBTQ recruits in his magazine Lavender. The Army gave it a pass. But some years later, the Minnesota National Guard did. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
Richard Ekholm served aboard an aircraft carrier that housed 5,300 Navy and Marines. This was during the Vietnam War, when service members were counseled not to wear uniforms on leave because of anti-war sentiments. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
When Dennis Krivinchuk returned from Vietnam, he didn’t talk about his service. Vets were being labeled baby killers. Having a daughter changed his life and put him on the path to healing. Here’s Britt Aamodt.
After she was discharged from the Air Force for being gay, Cindy Strange decided to go on with her life. Then the military repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. In 2012, she returned to the military as an officer. Here’s Britt Aamodt.