The New GI Bill Is No Match for the Original

In June, Congress enacted the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, commonly called the GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century. Supporters claim that it does for current veterans what was done for those who served in World War II.

The new act is a significant piece of legislation. The expansion of educational benefits to veterans should be applauded. But any attempt to equate the economic and social forces that gave rise to the first GI bill and its unforeseen consequences