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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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.

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Veterans participating in VA education benefit programs since Sept. 11, 2001:

Graduate school: 18,018

Undergraduate: 166, 841

Junior college: 138,313

Non-college-degree: 29,044

Total:352,216

Disabled post-Sept. 11 veterans receiving vocational rehabilitation and employment services:

18,142

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.


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