The military offers many more educational opportunities than it did in the World War II era, said Col. Terry McKenrick, a Veterans Affairs spokesman. In the past year, Walter Reed Army Medical Center has expanded educational counseling and opportunities, with more staff members to guide soldiers. About 90 of the 700 patients are pursuing an education, compared with about 40 last year, he said.
Veterans participating in VA education benefit programs since Sept. 11, 2001:
Graduate school: 18,018
Undergraduate: 166, 841
Junior college: 138,313
Disabled post-Sept. 11 veterans receiving vocational rehabilitation and employment services:
Fiscal 2007 benefit payments:
Montgomery GI Bill: $2.08 billion
Dependents' Education Assistance: $511.7 million
Reserve Educational Assistance Program: $215.5 million
Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve: $146 million
About 1.6 million post-Sept. 11 veterans would be eligible for the GI Bill proposed by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), according to AMVETS. Webb's office said the bill would probably cost $2.5 billion to $4 billion a year.