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College tuition stipends for U.S. airmen suspended

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:16 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. » The U.S. Air Force has joined other military branches in suspending tuition assistance that thousands of active-duty airmen rely on to pay for college classes.

Air Force spokeswoman Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said airmen were notified in an email today that new applications for tuition assistance won't be accepted because of the $85 billion in federal spending cuts that went into effect March 1.

The U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard suspended their assistance programs last week. A decision by the U.S. Navy is pending.

The tuition assistance programs pay up to $250 per semester hour for active duty personnel, up to $4,500 per year. Military personnel may still qualify for aid under the G.I. Bill, which is not affected.

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SteveToo wrote:
Thank you King Obama.
on March 12,2013 | 07:55AM
1local wrote:
their medical will soon be replaced by Obama care...
on March 12,2013 | 09:05AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Obama dictated to the generals that sequestration cuts need to cause the greatest amount of hurt and this is the result. He will go down in history as one of the best politicians and one of the worst presidents. He makes decisions to reach his political goals without caring about this country and its citizens.
on March 12,2013 | 07:59AM
LadyNinja wrote:
This is sickening. These men and women give part of their lives to protect our Nation and this is how we repay them? Doesn't make sense at all.
on March 12,2013 | 08:03AM
serious wrote:
As an airman, I got my college degree though that program--12 years of night school. I thought HE was the Education President? HE wasn't even a Cub Scout. HE doesn't know the sacrifices the military goes through to plan for their exit from the service. Why not cut down on some of this food stamp fraud. Doesn't make sense.
on March 12,2013 | 08:16AM
Anonymous wrote:
Because you have to hire more government employees to crack down on fraud ? Does it not register in your mind that we CANNOT hire anyone to add to the government payroll ?
on March 12,2013 | 12:21PM
Anonymous wrote:
Then offer to pay more taxes because that's the only way it can be paid for. If you're middle class, then you will be paying disproportionately more than the rich and especially more than the poor, to which are nothing but non-tax paying citizens. So, if you're not willing to stand up and say "Yes! Tax me more!" Then please sit down and be quiet and let the cuts take place.
on March 12,2013 | 12:19PM
Charliegrunt wrote:
Why is it that when our government makes a contract with our military personnel like free medical care for those who serve over 20 years and their dependents for life, educational benefits, etc., they can renege on their part of the contract with no consequences. However, if military personnel renege on their part of the contract, they are charged, tried and generally imprisoned, unless they have political influence like Watada?
on March 12,2013 | 08:18AM
Ronin006 wrote:
In years past when the military services were faced with budget shortfalls, they saved millions if not billions by extending oversea tours one year, cancelling or delaying most permanent changes of station on the mainland, and cancelling meetings and conferences. They need to do the same thing again to avoid the nickel and dime approach they seem to be taking.
on March 12,2013 | 08:31AM
AhiPoke wrote:
This isn't "in the past". Past presidents would have tried to soften the blow. As I stated earlier, this president wants the cuts to hurt.
on March 12,2013 | 08:43AM
fyaman001 wrote:
you guys need to give it a rest.....only new applications for the stipend are affected and they still have the GI Bill (and they still have jobs); would you rather they lay the military off all together? It is a temporary condition and a decision made by the military leaders (not by Obama....i see the Navy hasn't suspended stipends yet)) to best effect each branches share of the $43 billion in cuts to the military.....if it has you so concerned then how about getting on the case of the GOP (specifically) and Congress (in general) for allowing this to happen in the first place! ...and AhiPoke...i guess you are a general and heard first hand what you wrote?? 'Obama dictated blah, blah, blah?? whatever.......
on March 12,2013 | 09:22AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Welcome to the echo chamber...
on March 12,2013 | 11:47AM
Anonymous wrote:
Agreed. Also note that the agencies made the decisions. Agencies can cut wherever they deem necessary. Yes, flag officers making policy could have decided to cut some of their own 150k paychecks, but did they ? NO.
on March 12,2013 | 12:25PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Excuse me but didn't obama's spokesperson already admit that he was the one that not only suggested sequestration but also promised to veto any bill that tried to cancel the cuts? And, isn't it true that there are email messages from departments that indicate that they have been instructed to make the cuts as painful as possible? Isn't it also true that these"cuts" are really reductions in increases? And, the $85B is spread over two years. That means the rate of change to our budget, because of sequestration, is more like a 3.5% increase. So why all the cuts? Yes, I'm not a general but I don't think you are either. Tell me if I'm wrong. I'm not a republican. Just someone who cares about our country and is willing to listen.
on March 12,2013 | 01:00PM
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