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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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    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.
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    The front lines of the long journey home

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    A different approach to teacher learning: Lesson study

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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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THOMAS, WILLIAM M, Republican Party
California

Total number of trips - 18
Total cost of trips - $80,566.15

Average cost per trip - $4,475.90
Total number of days spent traveling - 42 days
Rank of representative - 57 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Commonwealth Fund
Dates - January 20, 2000 - January 22, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - Aventura, FL

Purpose - healthcare conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,933.70
Lodging Cost - $839.26
Meal Cost - $357.02
Other Cost - $39.95
Total Cost - $4,169.93

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Public Forum Institute
Dates - June 1, 2000 - June 2, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boise, ID

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,706.00
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,786.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Blue Cross Blue Shield
Dates - November 30, 2000 - November 30, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - San Diego, CA

Purpose - tax conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,648.68
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,648.68

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Legislative Strategies Inc.
Dates - January 28, 2000 - January 28, 2000 (1 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - healthcare meetings
Notes - transportation paid for by Legislative Strategies, meals paid for by First Union

Travel Cost - $415.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $109.80
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $524.80

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Health Industry Manufacturers Association
Dates - March 24, 2000 - March 26, 2000 (3 days)
Location(s) - St. Louis, MO

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,335.45
Lodging Cost - $396.20
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,731.65

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Paine Webber
Dates - February 27, 2000 - February 28, 2000 (2 days)
Location(s) - San Francisco, CA

Purpose - healthcare speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $98.40
Lodging Cost - $501.60
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $600.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - August 18, 2001 - August 24, 2001 (7 days)
Location(s) - Edinburgh, Scotland

Purpose - speech and fact-finding
Notes - Spouse Sharon Thomas accompanied. Other costs are for Edinburgh Military tattoo and tradistional Scottish Athletic Highland Games.

Travel Cost - $18,702.34
Lodging Cost - $2,810.50
Meal Cost - $2,272.00
Other Cost - $90.00
Total Cost - $23,874.84

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Nashville Health Care Council
Dates - April 20, 2001 - April 21, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Nashville, TN

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,814.50
Lodging Cost - $80.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,894.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bond Market Association
Dates - April 28, 2001 - April 28, 2001 (1 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $786.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $786.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Ripon Educational Fund
Dates - February 18, 2002 - February 18, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Thousand Oaks, CA

Purpose - healthcare remarks and tour of healthcare facility
Notes -

Travel Cost - $644.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $644.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Clark Consulting
Dates - April 14, 2002 - April 14, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Bakersfield, CA

Purpose - speech
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,847.00
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,847.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - World Economic Forum
Dates - February 2, 2002 - February 3, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - New York, NY

Purpose - speech and fact finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $515.00
Lodging Cost - $927.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,742.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 20, 2003 - June 22, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - panel discussions
Notes -

Travel Cost - $2,060.00
Lodging Cost - $350.00
Meal Cost - $300.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $2,710.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Hearst Corporation
Dates - July 1, 2003 - July 1, 2003 (1 days)
Location(s) - Paso Robles, CA - San Luis Obispo, CA

Purpose - fact-finding
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,256.86
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,256.86

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute
Dates - February 26, 2004 - February 27, 2004 (2 days)
Location(s) - Gainesville, VA

Purpose - panel discussion on economy and taxes
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $150.00
Meal Cost - $227.39
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $377.39

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 18, 2004 - June 20, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Avon, CO

Purpose - Panel discussions
Notes - Dulles, VA - Avon, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $2,570.00
Lodging Cost - $370.00
Meal Cost - $270.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,210.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Enterprise Institute, Vail Valley Foundation
Dates - June 24, 2005 - June 26, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Beaver Creek, CO

Purpose - To participate in panel discussions on Entitlements, Social Security, and Tax Reform
Notes - Dulles, VA - Beaver Creek, CO - Dulles, VA

Travel Cost - $27,233.00
Lodging Cost - $380.00
Meal Cost - $304.00
Other Cost - $45.00
Total Cost - $27,962.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Bohemian Club
Dates - July 21, 2005 - July 24, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Monte Rio, CA

Purpose - Speeches on Social Security Reform
Notes - Santa Rosa, CA - Monte Rio, CA - Santa Rosa, CA $1800.00 was all-inclusive cost for lodging and meals

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $1,800.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,800.00

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.