America has the finest troops in the history of the planet.
And the United States owes it’s freedom and continuing safety to the brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties.
However, with the severe cuts of the sequestration, one very fine benefit for troops returning from tours has been terminated. Three days ago the Marines announced their tuition assistance program must be cut, and today the Army followed suit. Surely the other branches will shortly make similar decisions.
Beginning at 1700 ET today, Soldiers will no longer be permitted to submit new requests. Going forward, our brave troops will sign a blank check, the amount of which could very well be “the last full measure of devotion,” and find an indebted country has a paltry reward for them.
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Logic dictates that our Armed Forces will have less to entice prospective service members, so our troops may languish. And the lack of tuition assistance most likely will mean a poorer future for many who are serving and have recently served.
As a nation, would it not make more sense to cut welfare and food stamp programs? To reward those who have sacrificed and served our country rather than those who choose to be idle?
Our noble Armed Forces should be the budget cut of absolute last resort–without them we would not have the liberties we enjoy.