How do we reward our veterans for putting their lives on the line? Most soldiers say they want an education, and plan to pay for it using benefits provided under the GI Bill—the same GI Bill that allowed veterans of WWII to attend any college or university that accepted them, even Harvard, for free. But times have changed.
Today’s benefits wouldn’t even cover the costs of a single year at a prestigious private university. For more than 400,000 servicemen and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s a rude awakening.
According to Virginia Senator Jim Webb, a former marine and Vietnam vet, it’s also wrong. “If we’re going to spend a trillion dollars on this war, the least we can do is to provide the people who have had to go and fight it the right kind of thanks.” Watch the full program now.
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U.S. Senator Jim Webb of Virginia goes through the numbers on veterans and education, and concludes that it is, essentially, a cost of war. Listen to the story.
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