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Poster of American GI superimposed on the star spangled banner. (Credit: Odd Feed)

Taking Care of Your Own: the GI Bill History

Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 22, 1944, the GI Bill of Rights was designed to provide federal benefits for returning World War II veterans. It gave them the opportunity to attend college and get low-interest loans to buy homes; it gave the country something more: hope and dreams of equality.

Pelorus Jack, a Risso's dolphin, joyfully guiding ships through the swift currents between D'Urville Island and the mainland amidst the serene beauty of New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds.

Pelorus Jack: The Guiding Dolphin of Colonial New Zealand

Pelorus Jack was an extraordinary Risso’s dolphin renowned for guiding colonial ships through treacherous waters in New Zealand. Revered by the Māori people, they held a firm belief that he was in fact Tuhirangi, a mythical taniwha or protective spirit, who had chosen to take the form of a dolphin to safeguard seafarers on their voyages.

A group of American GIs on night patrol in the Vietnamese jungle.

The Birth of the GI: Tracing a Military Moniker

The US military is a mosaic of nicknames, yet the term “G.I.” dominates. This universally recognized moniker for American troops has intriguing origins. Unravel the mystery of how this enduring label for US servicemen came to be.