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In case you haven’t heard already, a big announcement was recently made regarding the Army’s tuition assistance program – you know, the program that allows servicemen to get financial assistance for their college education? A big reason why a lot of young men and women join the army in the first place? (Of course, that is one of many reasons, but it is definitely an appealing benefit to those considering enlisting.) Did our government forget about that? (Did they also forget about what those men and women sacrifice and go through to serve our country?) Because we sure as hell didn’t.
To clarify, according to the Huffington Post:
The Army announced on Friday that soldiers would no longer be able to submit new requests for tuition assistance. The decision will exempt those service members already enrolled in courses and receiving aid.
This decision comes as a part of the sequester and means that no military servicemen and women can apply for tuition assistance for their college educations. Which means that, since many servicemen and women join the army because of the tuition assistance program, a lot of them won’t be able to afford the college education that prompted them to enlist in the first place. That is disappointing to those men and women, and equally disappointing to us.
The point of this post is not to get all political and isolate anyone on either side of the fence. The point of this post is to raise the question as to why, of all the things that could be cut to save money due to the sequester, would the government (no matter who, or which side – or whatever! – is responsible for it) cut tuition assistance for army service members and veterans? Why? College is incredibly expensive as we all already know, and while everyone should be able to afford a college education if they so desire it, it is frustrating to see men and women who have risked their lives/were willing to risk their lives for our county get a much deserved benefit taken away from them (by the country they served!)
And regardless of your political affiliation, we’re pretty sure everyone can agree that taking away tuition assistance for servicemen and women is wrong. That said, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter and see this issue from both sides.