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Millions of veterans were able to attend college through the G.I. Bill, including 3 former presidents: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and George H.W. Bush.

The G.I. Bill was originally passed after World War II to help returning veterans transition back to civilian life through a range of benefits, including access to low-cost mortgages, loans to start businesses or farms, or help paying for education or job training. Millions of veterans used help from the G.I. Bill to attend college, including 3 former presidents: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and George H.W. Bush.

In 2008, Congress passed an updated version of the G.I. Bill, commonly known as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, which provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of service after September 10, 2001. And today, President Obama signed an Executive Order to make sure that those who rely on the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill have the information they need to make informed decisions about their education options, and are protected from aggressive and deceptive targeting by schools and other educational institutions.

Read more about the Executive Order and the protections it provides.