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Failing Our VeteransThe G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation$
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Mark Boulton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724873

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724873.001.0001

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On the Streets and in the Schools

On the Streets and in the Schools

The Veterans Come Home

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Failing Our Veterans

Mark Boulton

NYU Press

This chapter examines the role of Vietnam veterans in the legislative story of the G.I. Bills, with particular emphasis on the difficulties they encountered in organizing as a coherent lobbying force. While the calls for an improved G.I. Bill were addressed in Congress and covered by the press, Vietnam War veterans seemed to be either reluctant or unable to organize into a coherent force that could put significant pressure on lawmakers trying to derail their readjustment. There ware few large-scale national organizations to promote the specific needs of returning Vietnam veterans. Perhaps the most visible Vietnam veterans' group was the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW). This chapter considers the experience of returning veterans as college students in various campuses as well as their academic performance. It shows that most veterans did not face overt hostility from their fellow students and, while not attaining the same profile or notoriety on campus as World War II veterans, demonstrated a similar devotion to their studies and a similar academic excellence.

Keywords:   college students, Vietnam veterans, G.I. Bills, Vietnam War, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, academic performance, academic excellence

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