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G.I. Bill Turns 62

MOILIILI (KHNL)- 62 years ago this week, President Roosevelt signed the GI bill into law. It was one of the most important pieces of legislation for America's military.

It allowed many World War 2 veterans to go to college for free. In 7 years, approximately 8 million veterans received educational benefits. The bill created a new class of professionals, boosting America's economy.

We met Robert Arakaki, a World War 2 veteran, at the 100th Infantry Batallion clubhouse in Moiliili. "The GI bill has helped a lot of veterans here who couldn't afford. Because most of us grew up on plantation and you know what kind of wages we had!"

Arakaki got vocational training as an electrician, and opened his own appliance repair business, which is still open today.

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