History of an American Tragedy
WWI, WWII, and 911
At the end of WWI, an event little known to the current generation of veterans and politicians came to a tragic end. A rag-tag group of WWI veterans and their wives and children marched to Washington, D.C. to demand payment for their war efforts. The march was known as the "Bonus March." Veterans, wives, and children died on the streets of D.C. Read what others have said by clicking here and clicking here.
During WWII, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt remembered the "Bonus March" because he had vetoed the bonus in the 1930s. However, he decided that the tragedy should not and would not be repeated with WWII veterans. He signed two bills into law in 1944 before he died in 1945: The Veterans Preference Act of 1944 and the 1944 GI Bill of Rights (P.L. 346) which provides other benefits for WWII veterans.
In recent years the VPA of 1944 and the VEVRAA of 1974 have come under attack by special interest groups that would like to strip veterans of all their affirmative action rights. To read about the attack on the VPA of 1944, click here. And this attack took place regardless of the following: Click here, click here, and click here.
Veterans need to know that if the VPA of 1944 goes down the tubes during the current litigation, the VEVRAA of 1974 and USERRA don't stand a chance. There are 3 law firms, the VFW, the DAV and the American Legion trying to turn around the damage done in the recent legal victory that gutted the VPA of 1944. A legal action that got little attention by the public, veterans and our freedom of the press. It may well be that certain politicians and certain elected/appointed high officials might as well pack their bags and leave town if an adverse ruling comes down against all veterans.