ERIC Number: ED206848
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
H.R. 1400--Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 1981. Hearings before the Subcommittee on Education, Training and Employment of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First Session (Norfolk, Virginia, April 6, 1981). Vol. III.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
This document is the third volume of a transcript of hearings before a U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee of the Committee on Veteran's Affairs concerning proposed H.R. 1400--the Veterans' Educational Assistance Act of 1981. The proposed Educational Assistance Act, an updated GI Bill, would provide the following educational benefits: 80 percent of college tuition up to $2500 plus a $250 living allowance for 36 months for three years' military service or two years' military service plus four years in the Active Reserve or National Guard (and additional money for longer service); a two-for-one savings plan for educational benefits for career military personnel; an educational leave-of-absence program; and transferability of educational benefits to a spouse or children for career military personnel with a certain number of years' service. The benefits are structured with the goal of increasing military service enlistments of high school graduates and retention of experienced middle-level personnel. In this round of hearings, held in Norfolk, Virginia, commissioned officers, noncommissioned officers, and enlisted personnel in the field from the Air Force, Navy, and Army voiced their opinions of the bill, and interpreted it as they saw its effects on recruiting, retention, and day-to-day concerns of military personnel. Most of the persons interviewed viewed the bill favorably as a whole, but had reservations about various provisions, and concerns about whether the lure of educational benefits would prompt more mid-career dropouts from the services. Others expressed concern about the 1989 expiration date for use of benefits from the Vietnam-era GI bill, military pay, and living and working conditions. (KC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.