Bonus Army

Popularly known at the time as the Bonus Army, the Bonus Expeditionary Force was an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers, mostly World War I veterans who protested in Washington, D.C. in 1932 for early cash payment of Service Certificates, money which was promised to them by the government in 1924 but would not be accessible until 1944. The 1932 march was brutally suppressed by U.S. Army troops but in 1936 Congress, overriding President Roosevelt’s veto, allowed the veterans to redeem their certificates early.

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