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ERIC Number: ED343008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Touching the Hearts and Souls of the Vietnam Warrior.
Horan, Michael
Research shows that the benefit structure of the GI Bill has discouraged veterans from using the education entitlement. Over 1,000 Florida Vietnam veterans completed a survey on education and the GI Bill. The collective experience provides insight to post-wartime readjustment efforts. Case studies and stories of Vietnam War veterans' educational experiences relating to the GI Bill point out gaps in the program. Problems arise with: prisoners trying to improve literacy skills; minority veterans having to choose between family and education; veterans starting a second career but no longer eligible for their GI Bill benefits; veterans not knowing that GI Bill benefits expired 10 years after service; those wanting to fill out surveys for and recount experiences of deceased veterans, and veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), who were not able to use benefits. Although there are many successes with the GI Bill, the majority of Florida Vietnam veterans had problems using it. If the GI Bill were still available, how many dreams could be realized and how many lives would be improved? (NLA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill