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From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

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American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.

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BACHUS, SPENCER T, Republican Party
Alabama

Total number of trips - 8
Total cost of trips - $19,409.10

Average cost per trip - $2,426.14
Total number of days spent traveling - 36 days
Rank of representative - 308 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - March 9, 2001 - March 11, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Bipartisan Congressional Retreat
Notes - Spouse Linda Bachus, meals incl in lodging

Travel Cost - $126.00
Lodging Cost - $950.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,076.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Dates - January 14, 2004 - January 16, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Fe, NM - Solona Beach, CA

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,313.20
Lodging Cost - $322.77
Meal Cost - $142.26
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,778.23

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of American Railroads
Dates - January 16, 2004 - January 18, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - La Jolla, CA

Purpose - AAR Legislative Conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,071.70
Lodging Cost - $652.00
Meal Cost - $320.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,043.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith and Politics Institute
Dates - January 23, 2004 - January 25, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Santa Barbara, CA

Purpose - "The Human Moment" Retreat
Notes - Spouse - Linda Bachus

Travel Cost - $1,024.50
Lodging Cost - $256.00
Meal Cost - $211.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,491.50

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - American Securitization Forum
Dates - January 25, 2004 - January 27, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Scottsdale, AZ

Purpose - Fact-finding
Notes - didn't list year of travel, but it's stamped 3/10/2004, didn't list other expenses

Travel Cost - $309.10
Lodging Cost - $357.34
Meal Cost - $63.00
Other Cost - $47.82
Total Cost - $777.26

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - January 12, 2005 - January 16, 2005 (5 days)
Location(s) - Key Biscayne, FL

Purpose - Policy conference
Notes - Key Biscayne, FL - Birmingham, AL

Travel Cost - $275.40
Lodging Cost - $1,101.75
Meal Cost - $1,000.36
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,377.51

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Society
Dates - October 29, 2004 - November 12, 2004 (15 days)
Location(s) - Budapest, Hungary

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - DC - Budapest - DC Personal Expense 10/29 to 11/6

Travel Cost - $7,017.78
Lodging Cost - $1,208.60
Meal Cost - $765.43
Other Cost - $31.45
Total Cost - $9,023.26

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Hyundai Motor America, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama
Dates - May 20, 2005 - May 20, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - Montgomery, AL

Purpose - Grand Opening Ceremony
Notes - DC - Montgomery, AZ

Travel Cost - $741.41
Lodging Cost - $32.95
Meal Cost - $67.28
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $841.64

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks |
boots-to-books

From Boots to Books

The longest war in American history is drawing to a close. Now, the men and women who served are coming home, and many hope to use higher education to build new, better lives. They have help from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a piece of legislation that many advocates say offers more support to returning veterans than any policy since the original GI Bill of 1944. In this documentary, we explore how the first GI Bill revolutionized the lives of millions of young veterans, America’s institutions of higher education, and American society at large. But America’s economic and academic systems have changed, and veterans today are returning to a very different reality than their predecessors.

Recent Posts

  • 09.03.15

    The history of the GI Bill

    A staggering 16 million soldiers returned home from World War II, and millions of them went to school. Because GI Bill benefits were generous enough to pay for any college in the country, veterans flooded all types of institutions, from elite schools like Harvard to large state schools, to vocational schools. By 1947, half of all college students in America were veterans.
  • 09.03.15

    The front lines of the long journey home

    Colleges and universities have become the front lines of one of the great challenges posed by war: how to reintegrate the people who've served.
  • 09.03.15

    The GI Bill: One of the last great economic ladders?

    The Post-9/11 GI Bill was supposed to change where veterans could go to college by giving them more money, and, therefore, more options. But since the new bill went into effect in 2009, the percentage of veterans enrolling at four-year public and private nonprofit schools has barely budged.
  • 08.27.15

    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

    In the United States, we tend to think that improving education is about improving teachers - recruiting better ones, firing bad ones. But the Japanese think about improving teaching. It's a very different idea.