This study examines World War II veterans, as the implications for civic engagement and the theoretical framework are still applicable to post 9/11 veterans, and found that fifty-one percent of all World War II returning veterans took advantage of the G.I. Bill of 1944. In practice, public service programs for veterans should continue encouraging their veterans to be civically engaged, and student veterans should continue frequenting campus veteran’s centers and services. In policy, the VA and legislatures have made significant improvements to reduce the paperwork involved with accessing one’s G.I. Bill benefits. Suggestions for future study include continuing to study how public programs, such as the G.I. Bill, enhance civic engagement, as well as continuing to research the health of post 9/11 veterans and how their educational attainment is affecting their life expectancy.
Mettler, S. (2002). Bringing the state back in to civic engagement: Policy feedback effects of the G.I. Bill for World War II veterans. The American Political Science Review, 96(2), 351-365. https://www.jstor.org/stable/3118030
Civic and Community Engagement | Education Policy | Military and Veterans Studies | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Civic engagement and involvement, G.I. Bill, Montgomery G.I. Bill, Veterans
Service learning; World War, 1939-1945; Veterans
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Bringing the State Back In to Civic Engagement: Policy Feedback Effects of the G.I. Bill for World War II Veterans"" (2015). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 262.
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