Toyota is helping preserve our past through a $100,000 gift to the Foundation for the National Archives, which will go to preserve important documents like the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – more commonly known as the GI Bill. The GI Bill offers education and home ownership benefits to our veterans.
Due to strict archival conservation guidelines that allow documents to be displayed for about two to four weeks, the GI Bill has currently been removed from the exhibition. Thanks to Toyota’s exhibition support, visitors who want to learn more about the GI bill when it is not on display, can find information at archivesfoundation.org.
“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 Esmond. According to a news release, Esmond was a helicopter pilot, flying more than 900 missions over Vietnam and earning the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 45 Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.
The GI Bill is just one of ten historical documents in rotation at the National Archives exhibit as a result of Toyota’s sponsorship. Other notable documents protected under the sponsorship include the Bill of Rights and President Nixon’s letter of resignation in 1973.
Stop by Thousand Oaks Toyota today to learn more – we’re proud to work for an organization that makes our country’s history and military a priority!