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WHEREAS, the maintenance of morale among servicemen of the armed forces of the United States is vital to the prosecution of the war; and
WHEREAS, it is believed that the morale of servicemen will be maintained and strengthened by making immediately available to eligible servicemen the benefits provided by Public Law 346 - 78th Congress, chapter 268, 2nd Session, cited as the "Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944" approved June 22, 1944; and
WHEREAS, Title II, Part VIII, of said act provides that servicemen meeting certain requirements and under specified conditions shall be eligible for, and entitled to receive education or training pursuant to the provisions of said Part VIII at an approved educational or training institution; and
WHEREAS, paragraph 4 of said Part VIII further provides that the Administrator of Veterans' Affairs shall secure from the appropriate agency of each state a list of the educational and training institutions (including industrial establishments) within such jurisdiction, which are qualified and equipped to furnish education or training (including apprenticeship and refresher or retraining training) which institutions shall be deemed qualified and approved to furnish education or training to such persons as shall enroll under said Part VIII; and
WHEREAS, no agency has been designated in this Commonwealth to furnish the said Administrator with such a list; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty and obligation of the Commonwealth to co-operate in the re-adjustment in civilian life of returning World War II veterans by designating such an agency:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Leverett Saltonstall, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, acting under the provisions of Acts of 1941, chapter 719, as amended by Acts of 1943, chapter 3, Acts of 1942, chapter 13, section 2 (10), and section 3, as amended, and all other authority vested in me, do hereby issue this order as a measure necessary and expedient for meeting the supreme emergency of the existing state of war between the United States and certain foreign countries.
The Board of Collegiate Authority established by Acts of 1943, chapter 549, is hereby authorized, empowered and designated as the appropriate agency of this Commonwealth to compile and furnish to the Administrator of Veterans Affairs a list of the educational and training institutions (including industrial establishments) within the Commonwealth, which are qualified and equipped to furnish education or training (including apprenticeship and refresher or retraining training) to such persons as shall enroll under Part VIII of Title II of Public Law 346 - 78th Congress, chapter 268, 2d Session, entitled "An Act to provide Federal Government aid for the readjustment in civilian life of returning World War II Veterans", and any amendments thereof or additions thereto.
Nothing contained in this order shall be deemed to abridge any power, authority or duty conferred upon the Board of Collegiate Authority by any other provision of law.
GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this 31st day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and sixty-ninth.
By His Excellency the Governor,