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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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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 The Data

Office of

Mark Kirk


Total cost of 36 office trips: $132,314.41


Trips by Mark Kirk
Total cost of congressperson's 7 trips: $43,648.58

Destination: HELICOPTER FLIGHT TO YUCCA MTN.
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: TOUR OF YUCCA MTN.
Date: Mar 25, 2001
Expense: $360.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, JERUSALEM, HAIFA, ISRAEL; AMMAN, JORDAN
Sponsor: American Jewish Committee
Purpose: OBSERVE AND STUDY ISRAELI DEFENSE SITUATION & MEET W/ ISRAELI & JORDANIAN OFFICIALS
Date: Nov 17, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $12,766.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN US/ISRAELI ALLIANCE
Date: Aug 18, 2003 (7 days)
Expense: $9,600.00
source

Destination: PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Sponsor: LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Purpose: ATTEND BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL MEETING
Date: Feb 7, 2004 (3 days)
Expense: $1,656.40
source

Destination: ITHACA, NY
Sponsor: Cornell University (including Medical College)
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THE TRIP WAS FOR REPRESENTATIVE KIRK TO DELIVER A SPEECH TITLED, "THE RISE OF CHINA" AT HIS ALMA MATER, CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Date: Nov 7, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $935.20
source

Destination: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS-MEXICO CITY, MEXICO-TUCSON, ARIZONA
Sponsor: POPPULATION ACTION INTERNATIONAL AND THE US COMMITTEE FOR UNFPA
Purpose: THE PURPOSE OF THIS TRIP WAS TO INVESTIGATE IMMIGRATION AND FAMILY PLANNING POLICIES IN MEXICO
Date: Feb 20, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $4,254.98
source

Destination: DC TO NEWARK TO TEL AVIV - IN ISRAEL: TEL AVIV JERUSALEM - TO THE NEGEV
Sponsor: Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP ON THE US/ISRAEL ALLIANCE
Date: Aug 7, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $14,076.00
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Congressional staff traveling under the office of Mark Kirk

Reed Bundy
Caryn Garber
Liesl Hickey
Sage Lansing
Patrick Magnuson
James Mckiernan
Doug O'brien
Jeffrey Phillips
Cholly Smith
Jeannette Windon



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.