This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
Military spouses trying to take college or trade school classes often face hurdles many other students don’t face – like moving around a lot and dealing with the stresses of a loved one’s deployment.
But for the last year, they’ve had one good thing going for them: the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Account program (MyCAA). Since March 2009, the program has provided up to $6,000 in tuition assistance to any of the 1.3 million spouses of active-duty military or reservists called to active duty.
For spouses of lower-ranking military members, that money’s been more than helpful; it’s been critical to getting the education or skills needed for careers that are as mobile as they are. But in February, the military abruptly pulled the plug on the program – because it was proving too popular. Read more »