DOD Suspends Education Program

Some military spouses in the east are realizing that what the Government gives, it can take away.

The Department of Defense suddenly suspended a popular education program last month, leaving military spouses with unpaid tuition and some with a delay in graduation.

The Department of Defense launched the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account, or MYCAA, last March as a way to give military spouses access to education and training for portable careers.

The program allotted up to 6,000 dollars for military spouses.

But the popularity of the program has caused funding to run out and two weeks ago the Government pulled the plug with no warning.

Officials with the education center at Camp Lejeune say DOD temporarily suspended the program to review that funds are being used as they are intended.


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  • by Christy Location: at work on Mar 10, 2010 at 11:21 AM
    No, people who were approved were also dropped.
  • by Crystal Coast Gal Location: Crystal Coast on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM
    It is my understanding, anyone who was already approved, will get their funding. It is those who were in the process, and hoping for it to come through, who will need to find an alternate source of funding, or drop out.
  • by Christy Location: at work on Mar 5, 2010 at 09:16 AM
    @ Crystal Coast Gal - "That's like someone who chooses to flip burgers complaining about minimum wage. They knew what the salary and benefits were, going in." The thing is, they were promised this benefit when they signed up. Some people in the military have signed up to make use of this and other benefits the military offers because you can't get them at a civillian employer. The second point here is that this program was ended without any warning. My understanding is that many of the people that were effected were already enrolled in school and were prepared to start within days or weeks. Now they have to either scramble to come up with the funding, or cancel their classes. How would you like to be at the doctor's office, and while you're waiting in the lobby, the nurse comes out and says that your employer cancelled your insurance plan. You either have to pay cash or leave. That is what they have done to these people.
  • by LAURA Location: MICHIGAN on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:19 PM
    WHY IS IT THAT THE PEOPLE WITH THE SMALLEST MINDS HAVE THE BIGGEST MOUTHS?
  • by Holly Location: Michigan on Mar 4, 2010 at 01:08 PM
    Some of the posts that I have read not only make me angry, but sadly reminds me how truly ignorant and self-absorbed people can be. By making such a statement as the military getting "free" anything, shows this person does not have a clue of what the families of military personnel go thru. Yes, this is a path they have chosen. They chose a career that the majority of us would never even consider or have the courage to do. They risk their lives so everyone in this country has the freedom to say whatever they feel, no matter how hurtful or ignorant it is. Next time, maybe just think as you're typing, if it weren't for the military and their supportive sopuses you would not have the freedom you've grown accustomed to and obviously take for granted. " HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN" ?
  • by Crystal Coast Gal Location: Crystal Coast on Mar 4, 2010 at 11:35 AM
    Our Military is VOLUNTARY. The service member chose the military as a career. They were not forced into service, so to complain about the pay and benefits is absurd. That's like someone who chooses to flip burgers complaining about minimum wage. They knew what the salary and benefits were, going in.
  • by Jeremy Location: Jacksonville on Mar 4, 2010 at 10:35 AM
    Anna did not post this. I accidentally put her name in the Name block vice the thread. My apologies. It's crummy that the program has to take a hiatus and may affect future terms, but the story states the government is leaving spouses with unpaid tuition. At the end of the day, it is still a working program that should eventually get restarted. And while I personally know the sacrifices service member spouses make, this is still one heck of a program. If you got one course free while it was around, you're ahead of a lot of people. For your sake and others, I hope it comes back, but try to remember that this program was a very generous one that's paid for by the US tax payers.
  • by Anna Location: Jacksonville on Mar 4, 2010 at 09:03 AM
    It's crummy that the program has to take a hiatus and may affect future terms, but the story states the government is leaving spouses with unpaid tuition. At the end of the day, it is still a working program that should eventually get restarted. And while I personally know the sacrifices service member spouses make, this is still one heck of a program. If you got one course free while it was around, you're ahead of a lot of people. For your sake and others, I hope it comes back, but try to remember that this program was a very generous one that's paid for by the US tax payers.
  • by Beth on Mar 4, 2010 at 04:38 AM
    I was unaware as an educated, professional as well as a new military spouse, that eventually I would become unemployable as we were stationed in smaller towns such as Havelock/New Bern. These areas lack in professional career opportunities and therefore, I have had no income since we moved here over a year ago. I believe funding that provides a portable career for military spouses is well needed and deserved. We pay plenty of money in taxes to live here, we do not have children using the public schools and overall we are "givers" to the community vice "takers". In addition to the sacrifices our spouses make to protect our freedom, that many take for granted. I would ask instead of giving so much $$ to people who seem to only know how to reproduce and live off the government, why not give to those who CONTRIBUTE to OUR SOCITEY??
  • by Holly Location: Fort Leavenworth on Mar 3, 2010 at 08:55 PM
    I was entering my codes at 5 pm one evening and they had shut down the program only 1 hour earlier. We couldn't believe it-I had been approved. I am concerned that the University will collect and then by paying, will make me ineligible for MyCAA funding which is to be handled directly by the Federal government.
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