Target: John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama
Goal: Overturn the decision to suspend tuition assistance for the U.S. Military.
The U.S. Army recently suspended its Tuition Assistance program to meet budgetary requirements. Though cuts are necessary, the Tuition Assistance program allowed thousands of young men and women who normally would not have been able to afford college to earn a higher education. At a time when jobs are at a premium, education, as well as job training, is absolutely paramount for young Americans. As a result, this purely financial decision is clearly not the correct social one.
While the pledge to pay for hundreds of thousands of people’s education is an enormous commitment, it is worth the taxpayer’s dollars and does a lot of good for this country. The men and women in the Army protect our country’s unprecedented freedoms with their lives, away from their family, and in incredibly stressful situations—often returning with post-traumatic stress disorder. The very least this country can do is provide our brave soldiers with a free higher education and a chance to live the normal American lives they deserve.
This decision to suspend the Tuition Assistance program has already affected 200,000 soldiers, according to the Army Times, and will inevitably affect thousands more if not overturned. Moreover, volunteer numbers are sure to drop without the incentive of a free education. Please sign this petition and support our troops.
Dear John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and President Obama,
The decision to suspend the U.S. Army’s Tuition Assistance program must be overturned immediately. These men and women risk their lives to protect our nation’s unprecedented freedoms. The least America can do is pay for their education and pave a path to normalcy after active duty.
Though budget cuts are necessary, this is certainly not the program to cut. According to the Army Times, this decision immediately affects 200,000 soldiers and will inevitably affect hundreds of thousands more if not overturned. In addition, volunteer numbers will surely drop without a collegiate incentive package.
The Tuition Assistance program has helped so many in the U.S. Army improve their lives, as well as that of their families. Please overturn this suspension and show our undying support for our troops, and gratification for the work they do.
[Your Name Here]
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