Congressional Subcommittee Holds Hearings in Arkansas About GI Bill

MARCH 23, 2006 - Posted at 7:47 a.m. CST

ROGERS, AR - Many people are saying that National Guard and Reserve troops deserve educational benefits comparable to those of the active military.

Those views were expressed last night at a Congressional hearing in Rogers about efforts to modernize the G.I. Bill, the law that provides education to some former members of the military.

Witnesses testified yesterday that the G.I. Bill falls short when it comes to helping Guard and Reserve soldiers readjust to civilian life after military service.

Some witnesses longed for the G.I. Bill's early, post-World War II days when even soldiers who aspired to an Ivy League education received generous benefits.

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