ERIC Number: ED336774
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Legality behind Diversity in the Classroom: Veteran Affairs.
The deployment of National Guard and Reserve forces and active duty soldiers has created new veterans of a foreign war. What role should education and educational benefits play in their return to civilian life? Since 1944, GI Bills have financed the college education of a large group of veterans, and have come to be viewed by some as a right--as a way to become what they might not have otherwise become. Post-Vietnam veterans, however, did not have a GI Bill, and were only eligible for either the Veteran's Educational Assistance Program, which offered matching grants up to $5,400, or the more successful Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), which provided up to $300 per month for 36 months. Although Gulf veterans are eligible for MGIB benefits, they should be afforded the same educational benefits offered to other combat era veterans. A related question is how veterans should be treated in academia, particularly in speech courses. As the option to speak in the army is strictly reserved, giving a classroom speech can be frightening for a veteran. One solution has been to have a "vets section" of the class. In general, the basic speech course can be a good place to welcome the veteran to civilian life. Such a course can become a forum for the education of both the veteran and civilians. Veterans could discuss their experiences, their language, the environmental consequences of the war, and public policy. In this way, the classroom can become an extension of the societal support for veterans. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: G I Bill; Speech Communication Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1991).