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!"