The G.I. Bill was intended to provide support for military veterans, including low-cost home loans and educational funding. In this latter area, perhaps the breadth of educational opportunities available to our uniformed service personnel is not all that it could be; Agence France Presse and Yahoo! News report on the British model for post-service retraining:
Britain's defence ministry defended a decision to pay for an ex-servicewoman to train to be an erotic "pole dancer", arguing it had a duty to help former troops return to civilian life.
Stephanie Hulme, a former senior aircraftwoman in the Royal Air Force (RAF), received 2,290 pounds (3,350 euros, 4,300 dollars) to train as a pole dancer, newspaper reports said.
After learning to pole dance -- a routine generally seen in strip clubs in which scantily clad women drape themselves suggestively around a pole in time to music -- the 23-year-old was now working in a London club.
Using the stage-name "Kitty", Hulme makes up to 500 pounds a night, she told the papers.
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Hulme -- who admitted to being "very surprised" when her training grant was approved -- told newspapers on Monday that life in the RAF had helped prepare her for the new career.
"After taking a shower, it wouldn't be uncommon to emerge with a towel around you and walk down a corridor past a group of men and be subjected to a bit of banter," she said.
"So the notion of getting naked and being a bit direct with men didn't bother me."
Brilliant! It's high time for those who claim to "Support Our Troops" to step up and put their money where their mouths are; what better way can there be than to support this noble effort? My only request is that we carve out an exception for Lynndie England.