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ERIC Number: EJ783424
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-14
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Veterans and Colleges Have a Lot to Offer Each Other
Byman, Daniel
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n16 pB5 Dec 2007
Senators James H. Webb Jr. and Chuck Hagel, in their eloquent call for a new GI Bill for today's veterans, convincingly argue that troops deserve more educational support than the government provides. The senators, both Vietnam veterans themselves, point out that today's educational benefits cover only 13 percent of the cost of attending Columbia University and 11 percent for Harvard Law School, effectively excluding many deserving veterans from attending elite institutions. As a citizen, the author agrees. And as an educator who runs a large master's-level program dedicated to security studies, he believes that the benefits of such an effort would go well beyond those to the individual soldiers who would receive a better education. Civilians, future administrations, and society as a whole would benefit greatly if more retired and active-duty soldiers went to civilian educational institutions. While the presence of veterans enriches the classroom, the exchange goes both ways. The military needs to learn about the civilian world. But most importantly, having more veterans in the classroom helps educate civilians about the military.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: G I Bill