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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Pigeonholers: 1924

Pigeonholers: 1924

November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Bonus Bureau -- Examining Division." The "bonus" was a benefit granted to WWI veterans by the World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Bonus Went Unpaid

And caused the "bonus riots" in WashDC which were suppressed by army troops led by MacArthur and his aide Eisenhower (yes, THAT Eisenhower).

[The bonus, for amounts over $50, was, by the terms of the original legislation, set to be paid in 1945. The "bonus army" protesters, however, wanted the money right now. (Veterans were able to take out loans against their service certificates beginning in 1927. By 1932, more than 2 million veterans had borrowed $1.3 billion.) In 1936, Congress overrode President Roosevelt's veto and paid the veterans their bonus years early. - Dave]

 
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