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amended on Dec. 19, 1941, to include Veterans who would be disabled during the new war. It should be noted that the Veterans Administration was also authorized to provide health care and housing for any honor- ably-discharged Veterans suffering from disabilities, diseases, or other causes who were unable to obtain or pay for care, regardless of whether their physical problems were related to their service. After World War II was over, Veterans' benefits were expanded again with the passage of the GI Bill, which is best known for making low-interest mortgages available and establishing stipends to cover tuition and living expenses for Veterans who wanted to attend college or trade schools. It also provided unemployment compensa- tion, established Veterans' hospitals and supplied vocational rehabilitation for those in need. These benefits were extended to Veterans of the Korean War and later to all who served in the armed forces. Most recently, in August of 2017, the "Forever GI Bill" (offi- cially the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Education Assistance Act) amended the law in order to protect Veterans' ability to claim their GI benefits. The law, which goes into effect Jan.w 1, 2018, eliminates the 15-year limit on educational benefits, restores education benefits to any Veteran who lost credits for classes taken at a school that was shut down or lost accredita- tion, expands benefits to Purple Heart recipients regardless of the amount of time served, expands eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon Program, adjusts the entitlement pay used to pay for specific licensure and certification tests, and changes housing allowances. Also, National Guard and Reserve members will now be eligible for more education benefits. These are the most significant changes made by the bill. Complete details can be found at https://benefits. AUSN is dedicated to helping its members access all benefits to which they are entitled. If you are having difficulty obtaining your benefits, we are here to help! Please contact us at 29 Association of the United States Navy replaced guns, aerburner jet engines became standard, and swept wings replaced the straight wings of the past. e transition to jets kept the Air Station busy as personnel rebuilt aircra needed to fight the Korean War. e old Assembly and Repair Depart- ment was renamed Overhaul and Repair and grew until it occupied 200 buildings on the station, employed about 7,200 people, and overhauled an average of 200 aircra each month. Changes in Ports Over at the Naval Station, the Public Works Center was established in 1948 while the Supply Depot continued to serve ships deployed all over the world, including Korea and eventually Vietnam. COURTESY OF THE HAMPTON ROADS NAVAL MUSEUM Naval Operating Base Norfolk gets ready for war in October, 1941. Pier side scene at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, showing USS Ranger hoisting aboard a Grumman J2F-5 "Duck" from the ship's utility unit. The World War II GI Bill, signed into law June 22, 1944. In 1988 President Ronald Reagan created a VA cabinet position.

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