ERIC Number: ED114035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Geography Controls GI Bill Opportunities.
Feldman, Stuart F.
Analyzing FY 74 GI Bill data seems to confirm that a Vietman veteran's chances of using the GI Bill turn on what state he is from. Geography controls opportunities because the formula of today's GI Bill, unlike that of World War II's Bill, ignores state differences in educational costs. This legislative formula inadvertently minimizes veterans' use of their deferred compensation for military service in Eastern and Midwestern states. Under the formula of today's GI Bill, all veterans get the same flat monthly sum--$220--to pay for education and living costs. The World War II GI Bill provided a sustenance payment of $75 per month and a separate payment for tuition, books and supplies of up to $500 per year directed to the educational institution. In addition, current benefits levels are interpreted by the Veterans Administration to show that veterans today have more adjusted dollars than did World War II veterans. However, this computation is based on Consumer Price Index data, which treated the 1948 dollars as being worth $2.00 in October 1974 dollars. In actuality, figures like the minimum wage and average monthly earnings have increased three to five times their 1948 levels. Federal or state corrective action is needed to give all veterans equal educational buying power and to give them the needed income base. (Author/KE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National League of Cities, Washington, DC.