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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.

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US Assn of Former Members of Congress - Congressional Study Group on Germany - $122,397.98 spent on 33 trips
41.9% spent on Democratic Party
4.1% spent on Independent Party
54.1% spent on Republican Party

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $3,646.40

CHABOT, STEVE - Republican Party
March 26, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (3 days)
Germany
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,192.50

DANNER, PAT - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual Congress-Bundentag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,847.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,662.00

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - To attend the 18th annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,046.31

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $2,633.60

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
April 14, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (5 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - 20th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,611.50

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,139.00

HEFLEY, JOEL - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - To attend the 19th Annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,227.74

HILL, BARON P - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Ussdom, Germany
Purpose - 18th Annual Congress-Bundestag Exchange Seminar
Total Cost - $2,128.37

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,835.50

KANJORSKI, PAUL E - Democratic Party
April 7, 2001 - April 13, 2001 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Usedom, Germany - Venice, Italy
Purpose - To attend 18th annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $5,104.91

LAFALCE, JOHN J - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress -Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,606.00

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
March 25, 2002 - March 29, 2002 (5 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - attend Congress-Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $807.60

LAMPSON, NICOLAS - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 18, 2003 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $4,011.40

MATHESON, JIM MR - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - To attend 20th Annual Congressional Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

PICKETT, OWEN B - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $1,290.00

ROMERO-BARCELO, CARLOS - Democratic Party
April 17, 2000 - April 21, 2000 (5 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th Annual Congress Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $4,600.40

ROSS, MICHAEL A - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual congress-Budentag seminar
Total Cost - $7,165.64

SLAUGHTER, LOUISE M - Democratic Party
April 18, 2000 - April 20, 2000 (3 days)
Niagara Falls, NY
Purpose - 17th annual congress - Bundetag Seminar
Total Cost - $704.00

TANCREDO, THOMAS GERARD - Republican Party
April 15, 2003 - April 16, 2003 (2 days)
Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - Attend 20th Annual Congress Berndestag Seminar
Total Cost - $2,065.00

UDALL, TOM - Democratic Party
April 12, 2003 - April 17, 2003 (6 days)
Berlin, Germany - Heidelberg, Germany
Purpose - to attend 20th Annual Congress - Bundestag seminar
Total Cost - $3,564.40

WICKER, ROGER F - Republican Party
March 25, 2002 - March 28, 2002 (4 days)
Galveston, TX
Purpose - to attend 19th annual Congress-Bundestag Seminar
Total Cost - $1,555.20

SANDERS, BERNARD - Independent Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GERLACH, JIM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with Members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives and EU and NATO officials to discuss current issues in the transatlantic relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

GREEN, RAYMOND E. 'GENE' - Democratic Party
March 18, 2005 - March 24, 2005 (7 days)
Berlin, Germany - Brussels, Belgium - Frankfurt, Germany
Purpose - To meet with members of the German Bundestag, German government representatives, and EU and NATO officials to discuss the US - German relationship
Total Cost - $4,960.10

BISHOP, ROBERT WILLIAM - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 26, 2004 (6 days)
Minneapolis, MN - St. Paul, MN
Purpose - Meeting of the Congressional Study Group on Germany, a parliamentary exchange program between US Congressional and German Government leaders
Total Cost - $2,401.30

JOHNSON, EDDIE BERNICE - Democratic Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of mutual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace process and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $7,091.98

GUTKNECHT, GILBERT W JR - Republican Party
August 21, 2004 - August 27, 2004 (7 days)
Twin Cities, MN
Purpose - Conference for Members of Congress and German Parliamentarians to discuss important issues in the transatlantic relationship, ie NATO and the War on Terror
Total Cost - $1,179.25

DEAL, NATHAN - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 3, 2005 (7 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey
Purpose - To learn about the current state of US-Turkish relations and to meet with Turkish Parliamentarians to discuss areas of manual concern: the war on terrorism, the Mideast peace processes and a settlement for the divided island of Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

WHITFIELD, ED - Republican Party
May 28, 2005 - June 5, 2005 (9 days)
Istanbul, Turkey - Ankara, Turkey - Northern Cyprus
Purpose - Led the first US Turkish study group to meet with the Prime Minister and Parliamentarians in Turkey and was the first delegation from the US to fly into Northern Cyprus
Total Cost - $11,458.04

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.