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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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FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI, Democratic Party
American Samoa

Total number of trips - 10
Total cost of trips - $86,121.62

Average cost per trip - $8,612.16
Total number of days spent traveling - 45 days
Rank of representative - 54 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - USO Missouri, Howard Johnson Hotels
Dates - May 26, 2000 - May 26, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - Kansas City, MO

Purpose - Asia Pacific Heritage Month speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $600.00
Lodging Cost - $600.00
Meal Cost - $30.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,230.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Democratic Leadership Council
Dates - May 10, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (4 days)
Location(s) - Key Largo, FL

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes - Other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $485.00
Lodging Cost - $1,010.00
Meal Cost - $435.00
Other Cost - $245.00
Total Cost - $2,175.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Samoa for all of Sacramento
Dates - May 27, 2001 - May 28, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Sacramento, CA

Purpose - Speaking engagement
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $100.00
Meal Cost - $45.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $145.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Better Hong Kong Foundation, Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association, Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - February 14, 2003 - February 22, 2003 (9 days)
Location(s) - Hong Kong - Taipei, Taiwan - Seoul, South Korea

Purpose - Increase knowledge of security, trade, political environments in region
Notes - Daughter Taualai Hunkin accompanied.

Travel Cost - $21,183.86
Lodging Cost - $3,500.00
Meal Cost - $800.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $25,483.86

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - U.S. Japan legislative exchange program at George Washington University
Dates - December 2, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - to promote exchanges between the U.S. and Japan on trade and economic issues
Notes - with child Tema Hunkin - other covered phone calls and faxes at hotel

Travel Cost - $55.14
Lodging Cost - $339.98
Meal Cost -
Other Cost - $52.90
Total Cost - $448.02

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Humpty Dumpty Institute
Dates - May 7, 2004 - May 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - congressional delegation to visit UN headquarters
Notes -

Travel Cost - $346.70
Lodging Cost - $208.00
Meal Cost - $62.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $616.70

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Korea - United States Exchange Council
Dates - November 29, 2003 - December 2, 2003 (4 days)
Location(s) - South Korea

Purpose - mark 50th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice agreement on the Korean peninsula. Will meet with senior official re Korea/United States relations. Visit American Troops at DMZ
Notes - with child Tema Hunkin

Travel Cost - $20,498.84
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $22,098.84

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Jewish Congress of Kazakhstan
Dates - July 31, 2004 - August 9, 2004 (10 days)
Location(s) - Kazakhstan

Purpose - Enhance US - Kazakhstan relations. Discuss nuclear nonproliferation
Notes - DC - Kazakhstan - San Francisco - Apia

Travel Cost - $22,373.70
Lodging Cost - $1,250.00
Meal Cost - $750.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $24,373.70

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Korea-US Exchange Council
Dates - May 12, 2004 - May 13, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - Build relationship with newly elected President of the Republic of Korea
Notes - Washington, DC - New York City - Washington, DC

Travel Cost - $870.50
Lodging Cost - $480.00
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,450.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Chinese Int'l Economic Cooperation Assn
Dates - August 12, 2005 - August 19, 2005 (8 days)
Location(s) - Taipei, Taiwan

Purpose - Attending Democratic Pacific Union inaugural meeting and fact finding / educational visit
Notes - Dulles, VA - Los Angeles, CA - Taipei, Taiwan - Los Angeles, CA - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $6,380.00
Lodging Cost - $1,120.00
Meal Cost - $600.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $8,100.00

Additional family members - Yes

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.