The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill, affords the brave men and women who have served our country with opportunities they otherwise might not have upon returning to civilian life – opportunities that make home ownership, education, workforce training, and unemployment pay possible. Recognizing their importance, Toyota is making it possible to view the GI Bill of Rights and other valuable historic documents, even when they are not on display at the National Archives Museum.
The National Archives Museum has strict guidelines for the display and conservation of documents. As part of these regulations, the GI Bill was recently taken down after five weeks on display; however, thanks to a generous gift to the Foundation for the National Archives, Toyota is making sure the GI Bill and nine other historic documents will be available for all to see, even when they are rotated out of Museum’s exhibit.
Some of the additional documents included President Nixon’s 1973 letter of resignation and the Bill of Rights passed by Congress in 1789. Part of Toyota’s $100,000 gift is dedicated to making these documents available online.
“It’s an honor to have Toyota preserve this special part of America’s rich history because of its impact on so many veterans, who sacrificed so much to keep our country safe and free. It’s important that they are given help restarting their civilian life,” said Don Esmond, a senior adviser for Toyota and a decorated veteran who served as a helicopter pilot for the Marines in over 900 missions. During his service, Esmond earned the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and 45 Air Medals.
We at Phil Wright Toyota are grateful to our servicemen and women like Esmond, and we’re proud Toyota has chosen to support the armed forces and our nation’s history in such an important way.