The Nation: Shortchanging the Vietvets

The nearly 3 million men who served in the Viet Nam War are entitled to educational benefits under the G.I.

Bill of Rights. But those benefits are 5 proving woefully inadequate. A World War II G.I. could get up to $500 for tuition at a college or university, plus a subsistence of at least $75 a month; that was sufficient in the late 1940s. Today's veteran receives $220 a month to cover tuition, books, fees and living expenses. Only for veterans at low-tuition state and community colleges is that amount even close to adequate. "The picture is bleak," says Maryland Senator Charles...

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