Tuition Assistance Amendment Passes Senate Thanks to VFW Advocacy
VFW members were highly involved in push to reinstate Tuition Assistance
March 20, 2013
This afternoon the
Senate passed an amendment to the Defense Continuing Resolution,H.R. 933, that will reinstate the military Tuition Assistance, or TA, program under sequestration. The amendment, S. Amdt.
72, was introduced by Sens. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and
championed by the VFW, American Legion and Student Veterans of America.
On Monday, VFW Commander-in-Chief John Hamilton
sent an “all hands” call to VFW advocates in an effort to muster support
for the Inhofe/Hagan amendment. On Monday afternoon, Senate debate over the
continuing resolution stalled before the amendment could be considered, leading
many on Capitol Hill to believe that hope for restoring TA through the
continuing resolution was lost. Inhofe and Hagan quickly scrambled to introduce
stand-alone legislation to reinstate TA through S. 614 and a House companion bill, H.R. 1265.
Fortunately, VFW advocacy was unrelenting. In two
short days, VFW advocates generated more than 12,000 calls and emails to Senate
and House offices from every state, and this morning, Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid, D-Nevada, presented the amendment to the Senate floor without
objection. It officially passed through voice vote late in the afternoon.
The Inhofe/Hagan amendment will require each
military branch to continue operating their respective TA programs proportionate to the
sequester. Currently, the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps have
cut off TA enrollment entirely in an effort to generate greater savings through
The Marine Corps was the first branch to announce
its suspension of TA under sequestration. Since then, the VFW has heard from
countless service members across each service wondering what to do next. The
VFW has been a longtime proponent of the military’s TA programs and has been working
reinstate and preserve the benefit since the Marine Corps’ announcement.
The Senate will now vote on the full continuing
resolution, H.R. 933, to fund the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs
through the remainder of fiscal year 2013. Your VFW will keep you posted on our
efforts to reinstate military TA as the continuing resolution moves through
In the meantime, tell your legislators in the
House to reinstate TA and thank your Senators for their support all in one step
by clicking here.
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