“A Chance for Learning” Missed
This book concludes with an assessment of the impact of education benefits on Vietnam War veterans' educational attainment as well as their life earnings. It cites statistics concerning the number of eligible veterans who claimed their education benefits, their educational attainment, and earnings. It also considers some of the problems that continued to compromise the benefits program's effectiveness right up until its demise, including the restrictions experienced by Vietnam veterans on the education they could attain and the quality of education offered under the G.I. Bills. Finally, it highlights veterans' belief that the “chance for learning” mentioned by Tim O'Brien at the Vietnam Veterans Day in Washington, DC in March 1974 never materialized, suggesting that the G.I. Bill was a failure for the Vietnam generation.
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