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Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the Vietnam Generation

Boulton, Mark

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ISBN 10: 0814724876 / ISBN 13: 9780814724873
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The original 1944 G I Bill holds a special place in the American imagination. This book takes the story of veterans' politics beyond the 1944 G I Bill as he seeks to uncover the reasons why Vietnam veterans were less well compensated than their predecessors. Num Pages: 288 pages, black & white illustrations. BIC Classification: 1KBB; 3JJ; HBJK; HBLW; JWXV. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 158 x 236 x 22. Weight in Grams: 508. . 2014. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780814724873

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Title: Failing Our Veterans: The G.I. Bill and the ...

Publisher: NYU Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Returning Vietnam veterans had every reason to expect that the government would take care of their readjustment needs in the same way it had done for veterans of both World War II and Korea. But the Vietnam generation soon discovered that their G.I. Bills fell well short of what many of them believed they had earned. Mark Boulton’s groundbreaking study provides the first analysis of the legislative debates surrounding the education benefits offered under the Vietnam-era G.I. Bills. Specifically, the book explores why legislators from both ends of the political spectrum failed to provide Vietnam veterans the same generous compensation offered to veterans of previous wars.  Failing Our Veterans should be essential reading to scholars of the Vietnam War, political history, or of social policy. Contemporary lawmakers should heed its historical lessons on how we ought to treat our returning veterans. Indeed, veterans wishing to fully understand their own homecoming experience will find great interest in the book’s conclusions. 

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Mark Boulton is Assistant Professor of History at Westminster College (MO).

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