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By Darryl Kehrer, G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery, George H. W. Bush, Michael McGrevey

Using light humor, a few 450 visuals, and debate drawn from real legislative occasions, the overdue U.S. Congressman G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery is helping readers relive the Montgomery GI Bill's 1987 enactment, whereas studying every one step of the way.

Across the Aisle's vast illustrative fabric brings the legislative method alive, as readers go back and forth the ancient legislative street with Congressman Montgomery himself as escort, storyteller, mentor, and colleague.

Congressman Montgomery served his Mississippi parts for thirty years. Twenty-eight of these years incorporated provider at the condo Committee on Veterans' Affairs, fourteen years as its chairman. Montgomery and a handful of associates understood that the good fortune of our all-volunteer army might hinge on an everlasting "GI invoice" schooling program.

Indeed the Montgomery GI invoice has confirmed to aid the USA on many fronts, together with postsecondary schooling and coaching, nationwide safeguard, army recruiting...

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Across the Aisle

Utilizing mild humor, a few 450 visuals, and debate drawn from genuine legislative occasions, the overdue U. S. Congressman G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery is helping readers relive the Montgomery GI Bill's 1987 enactment, whereas studying every one step of ways. around the Aisle's wide illustrative fabric brings the legislative technique alive, as readers commute the historical legislative highway with Congressman Montgomery himself as escort, storyteller, mentor, and colleague.

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But unintended consequences can be positive! 8 million veterans to enroll in college and other forms of training, benefiting themselves and society alike. ” Its purpose was simply to help millions of ex-GIs transition to civilian life after the war, avoiding serious unemployment. ” —Anthony Principi WHAT’S NEXT In the next chapter, we’ll discuss the continued, unanticipated success of the World War II GI Bill of Rights, a law that worked beyond expectation. 3 SONNY’S CAST OF CHARACTERS Cloyd Marvin, President, George Washington University Selma Borchardt, Vice President, American Federation of Teachers James Conant, President, Harvard University Nathan M.

SONNY’S LEARNING OBJECTIVES Our goal is to: • Learn the origins of—and factors that shaped—the Montgomery GI Bill and its relationship to the All-Volunteer Force; • Learn the reality and challenge of writing the Montgomery GI Bill into law through problem identification, enactment, and implementation; • Learn the prominent roles played by subcommittees and full committees functioning as “little legislatures;” and • Learn the art of policy development, as practiced (as in “trial and error”) by the legislative and executive branches and interest groups through visuals we hope will bring the case study to life for you.

We were both World War II veterans and became close friends. This friendship grew even stronger when President Reagan named me Secretary of the Army. I could not have had a stauncher ally than Sonny. We were in constant communication. No one knew more members of Congress on either side of the aisle, and none was more respected than Sonny. W. Bush—during his presidency—kept his gym gear in Sonny’s locker. The All-Volunteer Force in the 1970s became a major instrument of national security policy.

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