The Senate voted Wednesday to restore tuition assistance for all services, reversing a budget-cutting move ordered by the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
If the Senate’s version of the 2013 budget becomes law, the DoD will be compelled to allocate funding to restore tuition assistance. Veterans, especially groups like the Student Veterans of America, have spoken out in the hope of reversing the previous budgeting measure that wiped out tuition assistance. It's not all set in stone, unfortunately:
No similar provision is included in the House version of the government funding bill, HR 933, so the fate of tuition assistance rests with negotiations to work out a compromise measure. There is a March 27 deadline for completing the bill because that is when current federal funding expires. Without the extension, a government shutdown is possible.
Still, this is excellent news. Today is a good day.