The Comeback Home of WWII American Veterans: Social Consequences


Many American soldiers returned home after the Second World War ended in 1945, but they did not do so to the flourishing nation that had flourished during the conflict. The war effort had greatly benefited the economy, but after it was over, the thousands of jobs that had been created across the country vanished, and as a result, the American economy suffered. Although the atomic bombs dropped over Japan caused the war to conclude sooner than anticipated, the nation was still not prepared for conversion. As a result, this compelled the Truman administration to implement a particular strategy for rehabilitation and reintegration to civilian life in order to restore the American economy to normal, which led to a period of economic difficulties. The Service Readjustment Act of 1944, sometimes known as the G.I. Bill, was a key piece of legislation that provided numerous benefits to returning World War II soldiers. All veterans who served during the war are eligible under this statute, which was passed in the US in June 1944 and ultimately became Public Law 78-346. It was the most illustrative and striking of the many related steps that the US government hastened. The focus of this dissertation will be mostly on the significant social effects that the adoption of the various actions taken had on American society in the late 1940s, particularly following the Second World War veterans’ return home.

Author(s) Details:

Antonio Daniel Juan Rubio,
Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain.

Isabel María García Conesa,
Centro Universitario de la Defensa San Javier, Spain.

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Keywords: American veterans, G.I. Bill, reintegration, social rehabilitation, social measures

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