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ERIC Number: ED343007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 5
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The GI Bill: Model Program Gone Sour.
Horan, J. Michael
Millions of World War II veterans took advantage of the legislative drive establishing the Serviceman's Readjustment Act of 1944, the GI Bill. A Department of Veterans Affairs report examined how Vietnam veterans fared in higher education. Based on college participation rates (actually, training starts), not completion rates, Vietnam veterans appear to have fared well: 60% received some training benefit, compared to 51% for World War II and 43% for Korean War veterans. The Vietnam GI Bill, however, was poorly funded. Unlike the World War II veteran, Vietnam veterans had to pay for all college costs directly from their monthly entitlement benefits. A Florida survey of over 1,000 Vietnam veterans was conducted to examine the GI Bill. In every instance, Black, Hispanic, and American Indian college completion rates were lower than the rates of white veterans. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Vietnam veterans was linked with college underachievement. The study concluded that the Vietnam GI Bill was probably a significant educational asset for veterans who could secure other financial resources, worked less than half time, did not suffer from PTSD, and were not members of a minority group. (NLA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill