Category Archives: Eric Hodges

Can the platitude “Support the Troops” validate a narrative that promotes the common good?

Steven Salaita, an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, recently has come under scrutiny for a commentary he wrote, “No, thanks: Stop saying ‘support the troops,’” published in Salon, an online magazine. Salaita argued that uncritically supporting the troops … Continue reading

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Reflections on Veterans Readjustment, Higher Education and Community Service

According to a recent National Public Radio report,[1]American colleges have experienced a 400 percent increase in the number of student veterans on campus since passage of the post-9-11 GI Bill in 2008. That sort of influx is not new in the United States as a similar bill passed in 1944 to assist World War II (WWII) veterans as they returned from their service; millions turned to higher education as the next stage in their lives. WWII America realized the contribution that veterans could make to society and the original G.I. Bill provided veterans educational benefits that covered college tuition. That support arguably helped to fuel our society’s prosperity for the next 50 years. But today, that educational investment – paying tuition– as vital as it is, is not enough. Continue reading

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