The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas on October 6, 1971 · Page 9
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The Hutchinson News from Hutchinson, Kansas · Page 9

Hutchinson, Kansas
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Wednesday, October 6, 1971
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Twice As Many As World War Two DENNIS THE MENACE Six Out of 10 Veterans Go to College on GI Bill WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Veterans Administration says six of 10 Vietnam veterans are taking advantage of the GI Bill to go to college— twice the rate of World War II veterans—and that the VA is placing more emphasis on educational benefits for veterans from disadvantaged areas. VA Adrninistrator Donald E. Johnson said in an interview that while GI benefits are available for college education, "we try to point out that there are other things below college level — completion of school, on-the-job training bene fits." The VA is having success reaching veterans from inner- city areas, Johnson said, but a problem still remains reaching veterans from rural areas to inform them of the benefits available to them. Excerpts from the interview: Q. The primary responsibility for finding jobs for veterans lies with the Labor Department. What is the VA doing to help? A: Well, you were correct that primary responsibility for finding employment for all citizens lies with the Department of Labor. It's about the only veterans program that I know of that is not under our jurisdiction. But any problem of the veteran is a problem of ours. So we began some time ago to take the information about the GI Bill and the programs and the benefits available to the troops while they were still on active duty. We call it Outreach. We've had men in Vietnam. We have them in all the major separation points, in military hospitals talking to these; men while they're still in uni -1 form. Q: Do you follow up after discharge? A: Immediately after they're discharged and when DOD (the Defense Department) notifies us of that discharge, we send a letter to the veteran based upon the educational attainment of that individual. We have four different form letters tailored in four different ways because one of the real good things out of this GI Bill which was not true of its two predecessors is that a high school dropout can complete his high school education without infringement upon his future entitlement for either college or other types of training. There has been good participation. A little over half the Vietnam veterans have taken advantage of the GI Bill in one way or another. And our projections show that there would be even higher use of it. Q: How does Vietnam veteran participation in the college benefits of the current GI Bill compare with World War II men took advantage of the bill and went to college. Six out of 10 of the Vietnam veterans are going to college. Q: Unemployment among Vietnam veterans is running higher than unemployment in the rest of the country. Are there any programs for veterans who don't want to go to college? A: The problem of joblessness or unemployment among Vietnam-era veterans is a real problem. One of the things that we proposed to the President and which he accepted was the creation of more on-the-job training programs for Vietnam- era veterans. Our recommendation was that we spend some money to contract what we call state approval agencies—basically state departments of public construction—to go out to the small and medium-sized businesses and help establish on-the-job training positions. We began in July and we're making some good progress and there's been a rather dramatic increase in on-the-job training programs. Q: How do you get informa tion about these programs to veterans who might participate in them? A: We've gone into the inner cities to reach the unemployed there, to encourage them to take some kind of training. We're not over obsessed with the idea that everybody's got to go to college. We try to point out that there are other things below college level. But while we recognize the problem of unemployment among the educationally disadvantaged in the inner cities, we find in this matter that half of the educationally disadvantaged veterans are in rural America. I think sometimes they are kind of the forgotten people. The Vietnam veteran from Appalachia, some parts of the South, some parts of my own Midwest, who are high school dropouts, move back into their small towns and we find it difficult to make personal and direct contact. We're having much better success in the inner city because you can go two blocks and fined 10 veterans. Out there in my part of the country you have to drive 10 miles to find one veteran and then you've got a time and expense and personnel problem. Q: What are you doing about these people? A: We're looking for answers. I have put on a very distinguished educator who is the president-elect of the Rural Education Association, put him on as a short-timer consultant to see if he can devise some way to reach the educationally disadvantaged in the rural areas. Q: If your overall programs of jobs for veterans are so good, why is their rate of unemployment still so high? A: It's coming down. But we've got an overall unemployment problem in the country which has come about because of a slowing down in the economy which was largely triggered by the conversion from a wartime economy to a peace-time economy. As we change priorities there is always a conversion problem and it leads to temporary unemployment. It's hit the Vietnam veterans but I think we've turned the corner there. Works for Burglars DEL RIO, Tex. (AP) — Ma jor Dobkins decided that "I'm just working for the burglars after a seventh burglary of his men's wear store. CONSTIPATED* DUE TO LACK OF FOOft f BULK IN YOUR DIET • TRY. 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