“G.I. Bill” Provides a Timely Listen for Returning Vets

May 21, 2012

The number of military servicemen and women who leave the armed forces never knowing about the many amenities available to veterans is truly staggering. Certainly the government isn’t in the habit of advertising all the benefits veterans are due; they leave it up to the men and women who serve to figure it out on their own in many cases. This means that veterans who fail to ask the right questions could be missing out on all kinds of boons created specifically to help them reintegrate into society after their military service, or simply give them a leg up as thanks for going above and beyond what most citizens are willing to do on behalf of their country. Authors Glenn C. Altschuler and Stuart M. Blumin created “The G.I. Bill: A New Deal for Veterans” as part of Oxford’s highly praised Pivotal Moments in American History series. And it’s one audio book that both veterans and history buffs will appreciate.

This addition to the audio book market is not brand new (it was released in 2010), but that doesn’t make it any less relevant to today’s listener. And it could be especially pertinent to the many servicemen and women currently returning from action overseas. “G.I. Bill” is essentially a history lesson; it outlines how legislators from both parties came together to create a comprehensive set of benefits for veterans returning from WWII, how the bill helped many Americans improve their lot in life after military service through housing loans, education, and job training (creating a “knowledge society), and how it incredibly crossed color lines long before the civil rights movement (actually serving to educate those who would later become leaders in the civil rights movement). But there’s a lot more to be learned from this audio book for those looking to take advantage of the many benefits provided by the G.I. Bill.

While it’s definitely interesting to learn about how the G.I. Bill came into existence and the many ways in which it changed American society, and that aspect of the audio book will certainly appeal to those approaching it from a perspective of historical significance, young vets looking to discover the ins and outs of the G.I. Bill will also find plenty of information here. Granted, Altschuler and Blumin did not set out to provide a tutorial for those seeking an opportunity to cash in on the benefits offered by this historic bill; their goal is to enlighten listeners on the importance of this bill in the landscape of American history. However, one can hardly discuss a piece of legislation without delving into its inner workings.

“G.I. Bill” is not a how-to guide with tips on getting tuition assistance, medical aid, orĀ loans for veterans; you’ll have to visit your local branch of the VA for that. But it does weave an engaging narrative about the improbable creation of this bill that brought republicans and democrats together in a nearly unprecedented manner to do the right thing for those willing to serve their country in a time of war. It also talks quite a bit about the benefits granted to those returning veterans. So it could provide plenty of information to help current veterans get started on the road toward receiving their own benefits, while reminding them of the men and women who served before and the way the American government came together to honor every member of the armed forces.

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