Saturday, August 11, 2007

Education Doesn't Seem too High a Price

Administration Fights Dem Plan to Boost School Aid for Vets

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August 09, 2007 11:55 AM
Alexandra Bahou and Anna Schecter Report:
Soldier_edu_main The Bush administration opposes a Democratic effort to restore full educational benefits for returning veterans, according to an official's comments last week.
Senate Democrats, led by Virginia's Jim Webb, want the government to pay every penny of veterans' educational costs, from tuition at a public university to books, housing and a monthly stipend . . .
. . . More than 450,000 used the benefit last year, at a cost to taxpayers of $2 billion, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which administers the program. The Democratic proposal would cost an additional $5.4 billion a year, the VA estimates -- and that's too much, it says. ________________________________________________________________________ It would seem there are worse things to do for your returning veterans than educating them. This is a nation that talks the talk, but no longer walks the walk educationally. Young men and women who take personal risks no one else is willing to, for their country, certainly deserve a leg up.

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