What side of this are you on?

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Registered: 08-06-2009
What side of this are you on?
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Mon, 08-22-2011 - 11:44am
http://www.militarytimesedge.com/education/gi-bill-tuition-assistance/ed_tuition_assistance_061311/

Our Defense Department could be changing the tuition assistance for active-duty military members. This will hold students responsible for up to 25 percent of tuition costs.
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Registered: 10-16-1999
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 6:35pm

My oldest DS was a few weeks short of his 17th birthday, a high school junior when he watched the twin towers fall on 9/11. He enlisted in the army a few months later because of how profoundly that one event affected him, graduated from basic training 4 months after graduating from high school.

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Registered: 01-27-1999
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 10:25pm
We need bright people in the military. The tuition benefit is a great way to get them in. By cutting it, I think the pentagon is shooting itself in the foot.
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Registered: 01-07-2004
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 11:22pm
As the daughter of a career military officer, the wife of a retired Navy Senior Chief and a former Air Force member myself, I'm completely against these cuts!
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Mon, 08-22-2011 - 11:31pm
I think you would have a hard time finding anyone that wants to cut this benefit. How do we find out more bill that congress voted on in June. I would like to know how my rep voted and then let him know how I feel about his vote.
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Registered: 08-06-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 8:41am
Hi creaturemom,
I guess the Congressional members and DOD figure they don't need to attach the benefit of education to recruit in the military right now because it is taking almost a year for those that enlist to get sent to basic training.
I agree why would we not want to educate our soldiers....or all our populace for that matter...with the cuts we have passed now on to grad students too.
We were talking at lunch here the other day about what jobs are there for all the soldiers coming home from Iraq.
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Registered: 08-06-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 9:00am
Hi Robin,
Good question!
The bill is HR 1540. The DOD authorization for 2012 will come up ...most likely before Oct since that is when the new fiscal year begins.
From what I could find DOD Voluntary Ed Fact Sheet shows total spending on Voluntary Ed in the Military at $617 million...in a budget for the DOD of $350 billion... Did I count all the zeros correctly ....but I think this would put TA in the order of .18% of the total DOD budget
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Registered: 08-06-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 9:03am
http://capwiz.com/military/issues/bills/?bill=45263506

Oops forgot above to drop this is a link to where you can read about the bill
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Registered: 08-06-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 9:19am
Hi Rose,
I totally agree with you on our members of Congress need to share in the sacrifices they are voting for our service members and veterans to undertake.
We really need to stand up for our soldiers ...the way they have stood up for us!
My congress man did not even want to raise the debt ceiling= no pay for military.
iVillage Member
Registered: 08-06-2009
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 9:25am
Hi Sharon,
Thank you for your families service!
Is the California rep sponsoring the bill your congressman? Howard McKeon of the 25th?
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Registered: 09-19-2006
Tue, 08-23-2011 - 9:50am
Thank you. Interesting information.