Congress and U.S. Veterans: From the GI Bill to the VA Crisis, 1st Edition

  • Lindsey Cormack
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  • ISBN-10: 1440858373
  • ISBN-13: 9781440858376
  • DDC: 362.86
  • 312 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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The US is home to 21 million veterans, and Veterans' Affairs is the second-largest federal department, with a budget above $119 billion. Many veterans, however, remain under-served. Republicans are seen as veterans' champions and send the majority of Congressional constituent communications on veterans' issues, yet sponsor only 37 percent of bills considered by the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. What accounts for this discrepancy? Drawing on thousands of Congressional e-newsletters, this book argues that the distribution of veterans across districts and the Republican Party is based on government spending, which pulls Republican legislators in opposite directions. It offers a history of veterans' programs, highlights legislative leaders and the most pressing areas for reform, identifies issues most often discussed by members of Congress by party, which Congresspeople have/have not acted on veterans' issues, and discusses veteran population distribution and policy preferences.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in Conflict and Today’s Congress.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: No Golden Era: History and Challenges of the Veterans Administration.
2: Connections among Veteran Populations, Legislators, and Groups.
3: Public Opinion: Veterans Policy and Veterans’ Preferences.
4: Legwork: Legislative Leaders on Veterans’ Policy.
5: A Theory of Lip Service versus Legwork.
6: Lip Service: Legislator Communications about Veterans.
7: Veterans’ Education Policy: The Post–9/11 GI Bill.
8: Veterans’ Health Care and the VA Scandal.
9: Conclusions and Directions for the Future of Veterans’ Politics and Policies.
About the Author.