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ERIC Number: ED347381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Vietnam Era GI Bill in Perspective, Parts One to Four.
Horan, Michael
These four articles are part of an ongoing series of material directed to a statewide veterans group in Florida with regard to assessing the educational effects of the Vietnam Era GI Bill. Part 1 focuses on the manner in which the Veterans Administration (VA) relies on program starts as a measure of success rather than on completion rates. It reports that the VA does not identify Vietnam vets as a separate population, information without which analysis of the success or failure of the GI Bill is impossible. Part 2 addresses problems associated with assessing the GI Bill, particularly the inability of the VA to count accurately the number of Vietnam veterans who participated in the war. The article argues that without specifying the number of Vietnam veterans who served "in country," the VA cannot develop an accurate picture of who used the GI Bill. Part 3 highlights further problems associated with the GI Bill and the participation of Vietnam veterans. A particular focus is the extent to which Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) disrupted the lives of various subgroups within the total Vietnam veteran population and the effects of PTSD in preventing veterans from using their educational benefits. Part 4 takes a look at the difficulties of being a returning Vietnam veteran college student, especially the practically insurmountable psychological and social adjustments required of the returning Vietnam veteran. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: G I Bill; Veterans Administration; Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act