What was the Bonus Army?

In 1924, Congress passed a bill that would give veterans who served in World War I a bonus of $1.25 for every day they served overseas. However, the bill also stated that the soldiers would not receive this money until 1945. 5 years later, the Great Depression hit and the soldiers (many of whom were now unemployed and penniless) gathered together and marched on Washington D.C. and demanded the pay they were promised. Even though these veterans called themselves the Bonus Expeditionary Force, the public and the media named them the Bonus Army. For more information see here: