ERIC Number: ED086811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Sep-20
Educational Assistance to Veterans: A Comparative Study of Three G.I. Bills. Final Report.
Bowman, James L.; And Others
The objective of the study is to provide a comparison of the educational assistance benefits available to returning servicemen under the three G.I. Bills that have been in effect since 1944. Most of the information deals with the almost 1.4 million veterans receiving educational benefits. Some data are included on the 19,500 vocational rehabilitation trainees and the 45,800 dependents who were receiving benefits as of April 1973. Much of the data on benefit programs is non-comparable. Most of the data analyzed came from V.A. files. Since the V.A. has no means of evaluating State Approving Agencies, it cannot judge their effectiveness. The rate of participation in educational benefits is substantially lower for black veterans. Special education programs for all educationally disadvantaged groups were better developed during the Vietnam Era than previously. In general, the "real value" of the educational allowance available to veterans of World War II was greater than the current allowance being paid to veterans of the Vietnam conflict when adjustments are made for the payment of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. The effectiveness of these benefits is directly related to the availability of low-cost readily accessible public institutions, which varies considerably between States. Coordination of services with other Federal agencies by the V.A. has been limited. (A 46-page bibliography is included.) (MS)
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Vouchers, Federal Aid, Federal State Relationship, Financial Support, Military Personnel, Military Service, Student Costs, Training Allowances, Tuition, Tuition Grants, Veterans, Veterans Education
Superintendent of Documents, U. S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock Number 5270-02001, $3.05)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Veteran's Affairs.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.