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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.

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

U.S. Japan legislative exchange program at George Washington University - $40,213.18 spent on 10 trips
39.6% spent on Democratic Party
0.0% spent on Independent Party
60.4% spent on Republican Party

FALEOMAVAEGA, ENI - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 4, 2003 (3 days)
South Korea
Purpose - to promote exchanges between the U.S. and Japan on trade and economic issues
Total Cost - $448.02

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Legislative exchange and meeting with Japanese Diet Members to discuss issues of concern to both nations
Total Cost - $1,394.42

HONDA, MIKE - Democratic Party
December 3, 2003 - December 7, 2003 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - U.S. Japan Economic Agenda, Sigur Center for Asian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, under a grant from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission
Total Cost -

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - 26th US-Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Total Cost - $5,685.31

MCDERMOTT, JAMES A - Democratic Party
December 2, 2003 - December 6, 2003 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - Legislative exchange with Japanese Diet Members to discuss mutual national issues
Total Cost - $857.56

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 25, 2000 - December 2, 2000 (8 days)
Hong Kong - Tokyo, Japan
Co-sponsor(s):
Purpose - U.S.-Japan Legislative Exchange
Total Cost - $7,875.39

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
January 4, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (8 days)
Singapore - Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - legislative exchange program
Total Cost - $7,619.37

SENSENBRENNER, F JAMES JR - Republican Party
November 30, 2003 - December 5, 2003 (6 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - U.S. Japan Legislative Exchange Program
Total Cost - $8,790.54

WEINER, ANTHONY D - Democratic Party
January 7, 2002 - January 11, 2002 (5 days)
Tokyo, Japan
Purpose - attend 26th legislative exchange program meetings, discussions with Japanese legislators
Total Cost - $7,542.57

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.