Senators bid to reinstate tuition assistance for military

Published: Friday, March 15, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

Two U.S. senators are planning to introduce an amendment that could reinstate the recently suspended tuition assistance programs for military members.

“We cannot put the burden of addressing our long-term fiscal challenges on the backs of our service members,” Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said in an announcement on the amendment. “The tuition assistance program gives our best and brightest the opportunity to continue developing their skills while on active duty, which will ultimately lead to smoother transitions to civilian life.”

The Inhofe-Hagan Amendment, introduced by Hagan and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., could potentially reinstate tuition assistance.

In a letter from Hagan to Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel, she expressed concern about the recent decision to stop the tuition assistance program.

“Tuition assistance also enhances the professionalism of the active, guard and reserve forces by helping service members more fully develop their skills, serves as an important tool to retain them in the military and prepares those who choose to leave the military for a successful transition into the civilian workforce,” wrote Hagan. 

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