"Many people in the military don't make that much to begin with, so when you take veteran's assistance away, it's going to be a lot harder for them to support a home life and attend college."
(Dothan, AL)-- Since the sequester went into affect , the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines, have cut off tuition assistance programs. The navy is expected to follow suit soon, leaving many military students unhappy and wondering where to turn next.
Travis Granberry, a former Marine, said before nationwide cuts he used veterans assistance to take a few classes. Having a military background, he also understands how difficult it is to hold a job and attend school, without the added stress of cost.
"Many people in the military don't make that much to begin with, so when you take veteran's assistance away, it's going to be a lot harder for them to support a home life and attend college," Granberry said.
Although they can't control the current situation, Wallace Community College and Troy University still support military students. Counselors from both schools say they're committed to helping them find grants and other scholarships to pay for school.
"People who serve our country and want to better themselves with an education, should be helped," Granberry said. "Although tuition assistance is a privilege and not a guaranteed benefit, we should still find way where we can help," he said.
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