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Obama salutes extension of GI Bill

August 5, 2009

President Obama on Monday celebrated the extension of GI Bill education benefits to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, saying they sacrificed abroad.

During a ceremony at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Obama said helping veterans who have served since the 9/11 attacks with college tuition and housing is more than a "moral obligation."

"We do it because these men and women must now be prepared to lead our nation in the peaceful pursuit of economic leadership in the 21st century," said Obama.

The GI Bill first became law in 1944. Three U.S. presidents, three Supreme Court justices, and 14 Nobel Prize winners have benefited from the GI Bill.

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