'So much things to say right now...' -- Bob Marley
Saturday, March 9, 2013
US Airman Lowrie: Tuition assistance crucial!
US Airman Sgt Angelo Lowrie with his wife Emily
the letter I sent to Senator Rubio in regards to tuition assistance.
Feel free to use it as a template to send to your representative as
well. Our education is important.
an active duty airmen enlisted in the Air Force, currently stationed at
Randolph Air Force Base, TX. This email is in regards to an email I
have received containing links (see below attachments) from a co-worker
that states that the Marine Corps will be cutting the Tuition Assistance
program for their active duty members. They will need to dip into
their G.I. Bill to fund for their education or pay out of pocket. Other
services of the Armed Forces may follow suit due to cuts in the DoD
budget caused by the sequestration. To take the tuition assistance away
from members of the Marine Corps, and potentially other branches, is a
travesty and should not be allowed because the education of our military
members is crucial to our nation's readiness and economy.
Every day, thousands of military members not only accomplish their
primary missions in regards to their duty position, but they are also
finishing assignments for higher education classes. Classes that
further education, enhance critical thinking, assist with ingenuity, and
furthers on the job training. We can all agree that a smarter force is
a better one, but cutting this program will severely reduce the
incentive for military members to pursue higher education. Further
rationale for not cutting the program includes the fact that the current
unemployment rate for veterans is 9.4 percent compared to 7.7 percent
for civilians. Allowing members to pursue their degree while active
will help prepare them for the civilian workforce, give them a better
chance to be hired, and further contribute to the economy and the
country. Cutting the Tuition Assistance program, a program that
military personnel have EARNED through each individual's respective
sacrifices, should be avoided.
This is something both sides of
the aisle can agree on. I am writing this to ask you and other Florida
Senators and Representatives to please talk to leaders in Congress and
the Armed Forces in order avert this decision and help our troops better
themselves, our military, and most of all, our nation.