Congress saves TA for all but Coast Guard
By Rick Maze
Posted : Thursday Mar 21, 2013 11:25:40 EDT
Congress has voted to restore the military’s tuition assistance program but has left the Coast Guard behind.
The 2013 government funding bill passed Thursday by the House and now on its way to the White House ordered the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to keep paying tuition assistance through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
The Army, Air Force and Marine Corps had all announced that they suspended their programs in a move that would save between $250 million and $300 million this year. The Navy had not suspended its program.
Congress does not give the services extra money to pay for benefits, requiring them to restart their programs by making other cuts.
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