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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 The Data

Trips by*

Doug O'brien


Total cost of 9 trips: $22,451.20


Trips traveled under the office of Tom Harkin

Destination: JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY
Sponsor: Farm Credit Council
Purpose: ATTEND INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR FARM CREDIT FUNDING CORPORATION WITH OTHER SENATE AND STAFF MEMBERS
Date: Nov 12, 2002 (1 day)
Expense: $404.00
source

Destination: KANSAS CITY, MO
Sponsor: Farm Foundation
Purpose: MEMBER OF PANEL DISCUSSING FUTURE OF CONTRACTS IN AGRICULTURE
Date: Sep 3, 2003 (2 days)
Expense: $225.00
source


Trips traveled under the office of Mark Kirk

Destination: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.
Sponsor: Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Purpose: CHIEF OF STAFF RETREAT
Date: Jan 25, 2001 (2 days)
Expense: $564.00
source

Destination: TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Purpose: ISRAELI SECURITY AND SOCIAL ISSUE BRIEFINGS
Date: Jun 30, 2001 (8 days)
Expense: $3,131.29
source

Destination: MEXICO CITY; TUXLA, CHIAPAS, MEXICO
Sponsor: POPULATION ACTION INT'L; U.S. COMMITTEE OF THE UNFPA
Purpose: EXAMINE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES IN URBAN AND RURAL MEXICAN COMMUNITIES
Date: Jan 12, 2002 (7 days)
Expense: $4,111.64
source

Destination: AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Sponsor: Nuclear Energy Institute
Purpose: EXAMINE ENRICHED URANIUM FACILITY AND NUCLEAR MEDECINE FACILITY
Date: Feb 14, 2003 (5 days)
Expense: $3,563.18
source

Destination: PHOENIX, ARIZONA
Sponsor: Tribune Corporation
Purpose: MEETINGS W/ SENIOR EXECS RE: COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES AND PRESENTED OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC POLICY AGENDA IN CONGRESS
Date: Mar 21, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $2,045.00
source

Destination: CHICAGO, IL
Sponsor: BAXTER HEALTHCARE, CATERPILLAR INC., ILLINOIS TOOL WORKS, MIDWEST GENERATION, QUAKER, BOEING COMPANY, SERVICE MASTER COMPANY, UST INC., YELLOW CORPORATION
Purpose: STAFF TRIP TO VIEW VARIOUS MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS AND DISCUSS CHALLENGES AND LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FACING THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR
Date: Aug 6, 2003 (3 days)
Expense: $707.09
source

Destination: DOHA, QATAR
Sponsor: Qatar Center for Futuristic Studies
Purpose: EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXCHANGE; MEETINGS WITH GOVERNMENT MINISTERS, US DIPLOMATS; REVIEW OF NEW INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS
Date: Jan 9, 2004 (6 days)
Expense: $7,700.00
source



* - Trips by all travelers named Doug O'brien.


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.