Before they were famous, many truly influential men and women started by serving their country in the US military or grew up in military families.

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Teacher, Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner

In 1996 at the age of 66, author Frank McCourt penned "Angela's Ashes," the brilliant tale of childhood as he experienced it on the streets of Limerick. McCourt's book sold ll.4 million copies, earned him a Pulitzer Prize, and turned Frank McCourt into an overnight celebrity.

Frank McCourt writes of his rough childhood; but he also had the extreme good fortune of getting an education thanks to the GI Bill.

His second book, "'Tis," told the story of his immigration to New York at age 19 and his service in the Army, followed by his college education using GI Bill benefits. After college, McCourt became a teacher and was known to all as a true storyteller.

McCourt spent 30 years in New York schools - a career spanning five high schools, one community college, and 12,000 students - beginning in 1958 at a Staten Island vocational school and finishing at prestigious Stuyvesant High School.

In his third book, "Teacher Man," McCourt recalls teaching high school English. McCourt encourages his students to "make your own way in the classroom," and McCourt himself lives up to his words, creating his unique take on success in the classroom, and in his career as a writer.

In his stories of immigrant life in America, Frank McCourt captured the imagination of Americans as took his readers on the journey of his own fulfillment of the American dream: to rise above your beginnings and achieve your goals. The GI Bill helped Frank McCourt to use education to achieve his full potential, and have his story make a positive impact readers all over the world.

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