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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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  • 09.03.15

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  • 08.27.15

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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

Craig Thomas


Total cost of 51 office trips: $112,223.83


Trips by Craig Thomas
Total cost of congressperson's 11 trips: $31,350.15

Destination: SNOWMASS, CO
Sponsor: Colorado State University
Purpose: SPEAK AT NATURAL RESOURCE CONFERENCE -- 1999 CONGRESS ON RECREATION AND RESOURCE CAPACITY
Date: Dec 2, 1999
Expense: $684.50
source

Destination: HOUSTON, TX
Sponsor: American Farm Bureau Federation and affiliates
Purpose: SPEAK AT AMERICAN FARM BUREAU WATER QUALITY CONF.
Date: Jan 10, 2000
Expense: $1,436.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: Tom Brown Inc
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL INDEPENDENT PETROLEUM ASSOC. OF MOUNTAIN STATES (IPAMS) MEETING
Date: Jun 9, 2001
Expense: $1,500.00
source

Destination: CASPER, WY
Sponsor: M&N EQUIPMENT LLC
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CEREMONY FOR TRAINING CENTER
Date: Aug 23, 2001
Expense: $759.00
source

Destination: COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
Sponsor: Center for The Study of Popular Culture
Purpose: SPEAK AT ANNUAL EVENT
Date: Sep 1, 2001 (1 day)
Expense: $487.30
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: PARTICIPATE IN CONGRESSIONAL CONFERENCE
Date: Jan 10, 2002 (5 days)
Expense: $7,315.47
source

Destination: ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Sponsor: US Asia Foundation
Purpose: FACT FINDING TRIP
Date: Mar 23, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $9,460.00
source

Destination: LAS VEGAS, NV
Sponsor: Colorado River Water Users Association
Purpose: TO ATTEND ANNUAL MEETING OF COLORADO RIVER WATER USERS ASSOC., GIVING A SPEECH & PARTICIPATING IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Date: Dec 16, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $373.50
source

Destination: JACKSON, WY
Sponsor: Independent Petroleum Association of America
Purpose: TO GIVE KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT CONFERENCE
Date: Aug 21, 2003
Expense: $1,340.00
source

Destination: VAIL, CO
Sponsor: American Sugar Alliance
Purpose: SPEECH AT INTERNATIONAL SWEETENER SYMPOSIUM
Date: Aug 8, 2004 (1 day)
Expense: $951.75
source

Destination: PUNTA MITA, MEXICO
Sponsor: Aspen Institute
Purpose: FACT FINDING-ATTEND CONFERENCE ON U.S. POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA
Date: Jan 9, 2005 (5 days)
Expense: $7,042.63
source


Congressional staff traveling under the office of Craig Thomas

Brad Bunning
Cameron Hardy
Michael Hill
Chris Jahn
Jody Levin
Michael Moran
Daniel Naatz
Melissa Nelson
Kimberly Pinter
Cynthia Reed
Linda Rouse
David Schwietert
Pati Smith
Bryn Stewart
Celia Wallace
Shawn Whitman



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.