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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.

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KIRK, MARK STEVEN, Republican Party
Illinois

Total number of trips - 5
Total cost of trips - $30,743.60

Average cost per trip - $6,148.72
Total number of days spent traveling - 22 days
Rank of representative - 216 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Project Interchange, American Jewish Committee
Dates - November 17, 2001 - November 25, 2001 (9 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel - Haifa, Israel - Amman, Jordan

Purpose - observe and study Israeli defense situation and meet with Israeli and Jordanian officials
Notes - accompanied by spouse Kimberly Vertolli Kirk. Other expenses include security, speakers, program fees, gratuities.

Travel Cost - $6,746.00
Lodging Cost - $1,000.00
Meal Cost - $1,564.00
Other Cost - $3,456.00
Total Cost - $12,766.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Nuclear Energy Institute
Dates - March 25, 2001 - March 25, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - Yucca Mountain, NV

Purpose - Helicopter flight and tour of Yucca Mountain
Notes -

Travel Cost - $340.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $20.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $360.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Loyola Univ of Chicago
Dates - February 7, 2004 - February 10, 2004 (4 days)
Location(s) - Palm Beach, FL

Purpose - Attend Board of Trustees annual meeting
Notes - Including spouse

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,383.70
Meal Cost - $272.70
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,656.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Cornell Univ
Dates - November 7, 2004 - November 8, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Ithaca, NY

Purpose - The purpose of the trip was for Representative Kirk to deliver a speech tilted " The Rise of China" at his alma mater, Cornell University
Notes - 11/7 Chicago, IL - Ithaca, NY / 11/8 Ithaca, NY - Chicago, IL

Travel Cost - $713.02
Lodging Cost - $160.00
Meal Cost - $62.18
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $935.20

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Dates - August 7, 2005 - August 12, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Tel Aviv, Israel - Jerusalem, Israel

Purpose - Fact finding trip on the US/Israel Alliance
Notes - DC - Newark - Tel Aviv / Tel Aviv - Jerusalem - the Negev Including spouse

Travel Cost - $10,403.50
Lodging Cost - $2,120.00
Meal Cost - $602.50
Other Cost - $1,900.00
Total Cost - $15,026.00

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.