Today Congressman John B. Larson made the following statement after the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps suspended their tuition assistance programs:
"When our brave service members made their commitment to fight for our nation, we made a commitment to provide them with the educational benefits they deserve. Now, as a result of sequestration, they are forced to go without these benefits. Not only is it unfair to take away benefits that our soldiers have rightly earned, it hurts our credibility to a volunteer service force who signed up with an understanding that they would receive this assistance. Both sides of the aisle must come together and work towards a balanced solution that honors our commitment to these service members."
The announcement of the suspension of tuition assistance programs comes after across-the-board cuts caused by sequestration began earlier this month. Service members will continue to have access to educational benefits through the GI Bill.