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.

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.

Back to all reports


EDWARDS, JOHN R, Democratic Party
North Carolina

Total number of trips - 6
Total cost of trips - $14,311.10

Average cost per trip - $2,385.18
Total number of days spent traveling - 13 days
Rank of representative - 377 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
Dates - May 12, 2001 - May 13, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Lansing, MI

Purpose - Keynote speaker at the Michigan trial Lawyers Banquet
Notes -

Travel Cost - $543.00
Lodging Cost - $212.75
Meal Cost - $14.86
Other Cost - $12.99
Total Cost - $783.60

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Walt Disney Company
Dates - January 10, 2001 - January 12, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - CA

Purpose - to attend corporate alliances summit
Notes -

Travel Cost - $6,507.00
Lodging Cost - $805.00
Meal Cost - $180.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $7,492.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 14, 2001 - July 16, 2001 (3 days)
Location(s) - Montreal, Canada

Purpose - Speaker at the annual meeting of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Notes - Montreal, Canada - New York, NY

Travel Cost - $1,534.00
Lodging Cost - $2,223.50
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,757.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Dates - July 20, 2002 - July 21, 2002 (2 days)
Location(s) - Atlanta, GA

Purpose - Speech to A.T.L.A. luncheon
Notes -

Travel Cost - $479.00
Lodging Cost - $175.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $654.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Elon University
Dates - January 16, 2002 - January 16, 2002 (1 days)
Location(s) - Burlington, NC

Purpose - to introduce Ehud Barak at Elon University all-campus convocation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $1,024.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost - $100.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,124.50

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - North Carolina Economic Development Center
Dates - November 29, 2001 - November 30, 2001 (2 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - keynote speaker at 2001 rural partners forum
Notes -

Travel Cost - $499.50
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $499.50

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.