In addition, the GI Bill made higher education a reachable goal with low-interest loans.Preceding the war was the era of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl.

The term "Baby Boom" is used to identify a massive increase in births following World War II.

Baby boomers are those people born worldwide between 19, the time frame most commonly used to define them.

The first baby boomers reached the standard retirement age of 65 in 2011. S., representing about 29 percent of the population.

In Canada, they are known as "Boomies;" six million reside there.

Reconnecting with families and loved ones, a large portion of returning GIs, backed by the GI Bill, married and started families, went back to school and bought their first homes.

Jobs, especially in the northeast and on the coasts, were plentiful.

In 1947, the GI Bill helped more than a million veterans to enroll in college.

In Britain, the boomer generation is known as "the bulge." The Forties How it got started. Most members of the armed forces came home en masse, numbering in the millions.

To integrate millions of young veterans into the American economy, the 78th Congress passed the GI Bill of Rights on June 22, 1944.

It was the most far-reaching item of veterans legislation passed in the nation`s history.

VA loans for homes and farms were made available to GIs at low interest rates, and low or no down payment.