Attention! The Post-9/11 GI Bill is in Effect

Monday, August 03, 2009

While many people think the GI Bill pays for college, for a lot of vets, the monthly payment wasn't enough to cover tuition. This weekend, the post-9/11 GI Bill was rolled out across the country. For vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the bill will pay 100 percent of the tuition at a state college (plus living expenses and even books). This bill is expected to help in recruiting and retaining troops, as well as transform the lives of a new generation of veterans. The Takeaway talks to Lance Zaal, a sergeant who served two tours in Iraq and just graduated from the College of William and Mary. And for a historical perspective on the GI Bill we are joined by Glenn Altschuler, a professor of American studies at Cornell University and author of The GI Bill: The New Deal for Veterans (Pivotal Moments in American History)

For more on the GI Bill, head to newGIbill.org to calculate your benefits and watch this interview with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America's counsel below:

Guests:

Glenn Altschuler and Lance Zaal

Hosted by:

Amy Holmes

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