First Veterans Day Proclamation

November 11, 2012 · Posted in America, Military History · Comments Off on First Veterans Day Proclamation 
Eisenhower signs Vets Day resolution

President Eisenhower signing HR7786, changing Armistice Day to Veterans Day. From left: Alvin J. King, Wayne Richards, Arthur J. Connell, John T. Nation, Edward Rees, Richard L. Trombla, Howard W. Watts

On October 8th, 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first Veterans Day Proclamation.

It was on June 4, 1926, that Congress passed a resolution to observe the anniversary of the end of World War I, Nov. 11, 1918.

In 1938, before the holiday was known as Veterans Day, Congress made Nov. 11 a legal holiday called Armistice Day.

Veterans Affairs Goal of Updating IT Infrastructures

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The Secretary of Veterans Affairs’, Eric. K. Shinseki, message for Veterans Day 2012 can be viewed on the VA website.

In his message he talks about the VA “renewing our country’s historic covenant with its Veterans”. He spoke about how, with 21st century technology and a committed workforce, the VA is dedicated to making strides in its efficiency of providing benefits for those who have served in the armed forces.

An article on the Rock Hill Herald Online states that Nelson Enterprise Technology Services (NETS), has been awarded a contract having a start day of Oct. 15, 2012. The NETS job is the modernization of  the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs large IT infrastructures. It is a huge undertaking in that the VA serves 500,000 American service veterans and their families.

NETS has been involved in the designing, developing, and deploying of a world-class optical network for the administration, so that this newly awarded contract will be in conjunction with projects that are already underway.


History of VA Home Loan Program

November 11, 2012 · Posted in America, Economic History, Housing, Military History · Comments Off on History of VA Home Loan Program 

On October 26, 2012 the 20 Millionth VA Home Loan was purchased by the spouse of an Iraq War Veteran who passed away in 2010.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) home loan program first got its start as part of the GI Bill of Rights in June of 1944. The GI Bill, officially named the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, was established to provide benefits for those returning home after serving in World War II.

Besides the government backed, low interest home loans, the bill also served to provide veterans with college scholarships. The legislation was of such immense influence it  is credited with helping to establish the American middle class.


Source: VA Website , Time Magazine

Second Term Presidents

November 8, 2012 · Posted in America, Presidential history · Comments Off on Second Term Presidents 

There were 17 elected two term presidents:

Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Lincoln, Grant, Cleveland, McKinley, Wilson, F. Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, Bush43, Obama

There were four presidents who served two terms, but one term was not from election, but from serving after their deceased predecessors. After finishing out the term of other Presidents, they were then re-elected:

Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Harry Truman, and LBJ

There were three presidents that were elected to a second term, but did not finish the second term:

Lincoln and McKinley were assassinated

Nixon resigned from office


List of United States Presidents

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18th Century
1. George Washington
2. John Adams

19th Century
3. Thomas Jefferson
4. James Madison
5. James Monroe
6. John Quincy Adams
7. Andrew Jackson
8. Martin Van Buren
9. William Henry Harrison
10. John Tyler
11. James K. Polk
12. Zachary Taylor
13. Millard Fillmore
14. Franklin Pierce
15. James Buchanan
16. Abraham Lincoln
17. Andrew Johnson
18. Ulysses S. Grant
19. Rutherford B. Hayes
20. James Garfield
21. Chester A. Arthur
22. Grover Cleveland
23. Benjamin Harrison
24. Grover Cleveland
25. William McKinley

20th Century
26. Theodore Roosevelt
27. William Howard Taft
28. Woodrow Wilson
29. Warren G. Harding
30. Calvin Coolidge
31. Herbert Hoover
32. Franklin D. Roosevelt
33. Harry S. Truman
34. Dwight D. Eisenhower
35. John F. Kennedy
36. Lyndon B. Johnson
37. Richard M. Nixon
38. Gerald R. Ford
39. James Carter
40. Ronald Reagan
41. George H. W. Bush
42. William J. Clinton

21st Century
43. George W. Bush
44. Barack Obama

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