ERIC Number: ED342287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-2
An Unfamiliar Minority: Vietnam Veterans on Campus.
This essay, based on the personal experiences of a professional librarian, who is also a Vietnam veteran, looks at why Vietnam veterans are a minority in higher education and the misconceptions that surround them. The lack of contact with actual veterans by administrators in many institutions of higher education is noted, and the paper goes on to identify various reasons for this. Among them are the regulations which at the time allowed draft deferment for enrollment in graduate school, the large numbers of soldiers drawn from working-class neighborhoods, the disproportionate number of minorities drafted, and the reduction in government benefits for veterans since World War II. The librarian's own experience in college following service in the war is recounted and the continuing threat of the draft and common misconceptions about the war are noted. Particular emphasis is placed on the lack of understanding within higher education about the war and its veterans due to their underrepresentation on campuses. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A