It just got tougher for American servicemen and women to afford school.
This week, the U.S. Air Force suspended a program which pays for service members to take college courses while serving. And they're not the only ones.
Last week the tuition assistance program was also cut by the Marines, Coast Guard and Army.
Tuition assistance has long been one of the main selling points for recruiting young men and women. For many, it’s an opportunity to get an education they wouldn't have otherwise been able to afford.
Amanda Harrison and her husband, an active-duty Marine, were shocked when she found out through social media, not the Marines, that his tuition assistance was being eliminated.
"The tuition assistance program is essential to the military," Harrison said. "The idea of there not being tuition assistance doesn't cross your mind, and a lot of people can’t afford to pay for classes. You can’t get out of the military today and expect to get a good job without an education." FULL POST
Members of Congress will take on sexual assault in the military in a big way this week.
On Tuesday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-C.A.) is bringing a military sexual assault victim as her guest to the State of the Union. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Rep. Chellie Pingree, (D-Maine) will introduce on Wednesday a bill that will help sexual assault victims in the military receive VA benefits.
I agree 100% – TX paper calls 4 civilian oversight in cases of military rape & sexual assault, not by chain of command bit.ly/156QPQV
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) February 11, 2013
This comes after the House Armed Services Committee held an open hearing January 23rd on the sexual misconduct at Lackland Air Force Base in which 32 instructors were accused of sexual assault-related crimes against 59 trainees.
Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh III and General Edward Rice, Commander on the Air Education and Training Command, made up the first panel and the second panel consisted of two sexual assault survivors-retired Technical Sergeant Jennifer Norris and retired Chief Master Sergeant Cindy McNally, and Dr. David Lisack, a clinical psychologist specializing in sexual trauma.
Gen. Rice said that since the incidents were reported seven months ago, there has not been one report of sexual misconduct at the Lackland base.
"The key to success over the next weeks and months and years is to sustain the intense level of focus we have devoted to this issue over the past nine months," said Gen. Rice. FULL POST