The letters GI mean Government Issued.
It has been used in different ways to refer to the same point in different agenda. For instance when I was in the Army we (soldiers ) were called and called ourselves GI's, meaning we were goverment property and they (Gov.) issued us to a foreign country to do Gov. work mutch like tank or a car to be thought of as Gov. property. Like GI Joe,
In the reference you mention GI means a Gov. issued bill of rights that guarentees a service member they can go to school when they get out of the military. The school is usualy colledge and the Gov. pays the tuition for the service member for a certain number of years provided they get an honorable discharge. And there is usualy a stipulation on the time the veteran has to use the education bill. In my case it was contingent upon the era (war time or peace time etc.) I was in during Viet Nam so back then we got the Montgomery GI Bill. This gave a guarentee for me to go to school for up to 10 years and the stipulation was use it or lose it, another words I had 10 years to use up my education grant or the grant would expire. needless to say I was young and goofed off haveing used only one year in juniour colledge and 10 years passed while I was goofing off in Caifornia and I lost my right ot 9 years of free colledge full time tuition. The old Montgomery GI bill had other Gov. Issued goodies to like an intrest free housing loan, where the Gov. (Uncle Sam) literly buys the house you want and you pay Uncle Sam back intrest free and at very low payments., And I still use the VA Hospital for free Dr. and Hospital care for the rest of my life. Not a bad deal if you ask me. But the GI bill of rights very, I don't know what they offer veterans today, but it sounds like there's an education guarentee in there some where. If I were you I'd call the toll free national number and ask them what kind of bill your friend has and exactly what does it guarentee. The # is 1-800-827-1000 any where in the USA. I hope I've answered your question. God bless. Rev. Karl (Allentown Pa.)
The US Army, and the Montgomery GI bill of rights they issued me.