CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 05, 1973
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(Studio) Many Vietnam veterans had education interrupted by war.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(NYC) GI bill no longer covers college costs. [Veterans Admin. chief Don. JOHNSON - says GI bill gives better benefits now than did after WW II.] Old bill paid full tuition. Present bill pays $220/mo. for tuition, room and board and books. [Congress Silvio CONTE - says under old bill he could go to any college, include Harvard, and still have $100 left over for pocket money.] Vets. now must look for colleges with low tuition. [Vets. project, Rutgers University, spokesperson Angel RODRIGUEZ - says vets. projects being cut off and money impounded.] Very few high school graduates going to college under GI bill. High school dropouts rarely go on to college. University of California at Los Angeles has crash program for dropouts to get them to college. [Hank MARTY - says thrilled at being able to go into University of California at Los Angeles program.] Last year Congress appropriated $25 million to pay schools that increased number vets. enrolled. Admin. hasn't spent money. Wants program repealed. National Association Collegiate Vets. suing to force government to spend money.] [Association spokesperson Jim MAYER - says too many officials in government saying no to veteran programs.] [Larry BLUE - says GI bill checks come irregularly and late.] Problem of late checks very common.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
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