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Wed Mar 20, 2013, 07:24 PM Mar 2013

US military members lose tuition assistance because of cuts, but Israel will still get taxpayer cash [View all]

Sequester halts new military tuition assistance

In response to a call for cuts due to federal sequestration, the Department of Defense has suspended its federal Tuition Assistance program for all military members, the Oregon National Guard, which is affected, announced Tuesday.

The Secretary of the Army approved the suspension of Tuition Assistance (TA) on March 8, and the Secretary of the Air Force has approved the suspension on March 11.


"This suspension is necessary, given the significant budget execution challenges caused by the combined effects of a possible year-long continuing resolution and sequestration," the announcement said.


Yet Israel will still get US taxpayer cash:
Obama: US to open talks on extending Israel military aid'

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Israel and the United States were opening talks on extending US military aid beyond 2017, on his first visit to the Jewish state since taking office.

Speaking beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Obama also made clear that despite a budget crunch in Washington there would be no interruption to funding of Israel's vaunted Iron Dome anti-missile system.

"As part of our long-term commitment to Israel's security, the prime minister and I agreed to begin discussions on extending military assistance to Israel," Obama said.


Looks like American taxpayer dollars will go to a foreign country at the expense of the poor and American military service members.
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