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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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  • 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.

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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BECERRA, XAVIER, Democratic Party
California

Total number of trips - 19
Total cost of trips - $25,067.60

Average cost per trip - $1,319.35
Total number of days spent traveling - 54 days
Rank of representative - 259 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - American Israel Education Foundation
Dates - February 17, 2000 - February 23, 2000 (7 days)
Location(s) - Israel

Purpose - Educational mission
Notes -

Travel Cost - $4,205.00
Lodging Cost - $788.00
Meal Cost - $457.00
Other Cost - $295.00
Total Cost - $5,745.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - lodging includes meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Information Technology Industry Council
Dates - January 21, 2002 - January 23, 2002 (3 days)
Location(s) - San Jose, CA

Purpose - Congressional Hispanic Caucus High Tech Community visit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $378.50
Lodging Cost - $506.00
Meal Cost - $255.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,139.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 16, 2003 - January 18, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - JFK School of Government/Commonwealth Fund Bipartisan Health Policy Conference
Notes - Other costs are car service

Travel Cost - $305.00
Lodging Cost - $1,315.32
Meal Cost - $750.36
Other Cost - $176.00
Total Cost - $2,546.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University / Civil Rights Project
Dates - March 15, 2002 - March 16, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Brunswick, GA

Purpose - Conference on civil rights
Notes -

Travel Cost - $514.00
Lodging Cost - $90.00
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $729.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Sony Music, Phillip Morris, Coca-Cola
Dates - April 19, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $299.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - April 20, 2002 - April 20, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Leesburg, VA

Purpose - Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Meals included in lodgings

Travel Cost - $299.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $299.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - December 4, 2003 - December 8, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Purpose - Aspen Institute Conference - The Transformation of Mexico and US-Mexico relations
Notes - Spouse Carolina Reyes and 3 children accompanied. Other costs are ground transportation.

Travel Cost - $1,518.61
Lodging Cost - $2,300.00
Meal Cost - $660.00
Other Cost - $200.00
Total Cost - $4,678.61

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - California Council for International Trade
Dates - January 10, 2002 - January 10, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Monterey, CA

Purpose - Trade forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $497.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $572.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Cable Television Association
Dates - September 17, 2003 - September 17, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - NCTA/National Association of Minorities in Communication Board of Directors Meeting
Notes -

Travel Cost - $310.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $310.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
Dates - October 23, 2003 - October 26, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - 2003 Congressional Tri-Caucus Retreat
Notes - Other costs are for taxi to the airport

Travel Cost - $802.30
Lodging Cost - $549.70
Meal Cost - $383.86
Other Cost - $53.00
Total Cost - $1,788.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Congressional Hispanic Caucus
Dates - January 22, 2003 - January 26, 2003 (5 days)
Location(s) - San Juan, Puerto Rico

Purpose - Board Meeting Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $365.90
Lodging Cost - $780.00
Meal Cost - $299.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,444.90

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Pacific Council on International Policy
Dates - February 12, 2004 - February 14, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Mexico City, Mexico

Purpose - other cost: taxi (s) and ground transportation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $561.90
Lodging Cost - $310.00
Meal Cost - $65.00
Other Cost - $153.04
Total Cost - $1,089.94

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Campaign for Justice
Dates - April 8, 2005 - April 8, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - Open proceedings - give opening remarks at The Assembly On Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (AWRIC) event
Notes - Los Angeles - San Francisco - Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $220.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $220.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Faith & Politics Institute, Becerra for Congress
Dates - March 4, 2005 - March 6, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Birmingham, AL

Purpose - Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage
Notes - Washington, DC - Birmingham, AL - Washington, DC $425 - Faith & Politics Institute $500 - Becerra for Congress

Travel Cost - $465.00
Lodging Cost - $268.00
Meal Cost - $130.00
Other Cost - $62.00
Total Cost - $925.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Assn of Latino Elected & Appointed Officials (NALEO)
Dates - March 30, 2005 - April 4, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Puerto Rico

Purpose - NALEO Board Member Retreat
Notes - Los Angeles - Puerto Rico - Washington, DC Including spouse Personal expense: 4/3, returned to DC on 4/4 at 8:40 am * Children traveled at Member's expense

Travel Cost - $448.00
Lodging Cost - $632.00
Meal Cost - $278.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,358.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Americans United to Protect Social Security
Dates - May 31, 2005 - June 1, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Albuquerque, NM

Purpose - Congressman participated in Town Hall meeting on Social Security reform
Notes - Los Angeles - Albuquerque, NM - Los Angeles

Travel Cost - $496.60
Lodging Cost - $109.95
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $606.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - California Council for Int'l Trade
Dates - February 24, 2005 - February 24, 2005 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - Served on panel at Trade Policy Forum
Notes - Los Angeles, CA - San Diego, CA - Los Angeles, CA

Travel Cost - $410.40
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $410.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
Dates - July 18, 2005 - July 19, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Philadelphia, PA

Purpose - Congressman spoke at NCLR Annual Conference - session entitled "Wealth Creation in Latino Communities" on 7/19.
Notes - Washington, DC - Philadelphia, PA - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $280.20
Lodging Cost - $175.56
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $150.00
Total Cost - $605.76

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.