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Military halts education program for spouses

The Defense Department has "abruptly shut down" a program that delivered tuition aid to military spouses to help them build career skills, according to a report in the newspaper MilitaryTimes.

According to the report, military officials said the shutdown of the My Career Advancement Accounts initiative is temporary, "but no date has been set for resuming operations."

Meanwhile, the report states, "spouses are finding out about the program shutdown at the worst time -- when they are trying to request funding for classes that start within a month."

An entry on the Web site states,

Effective immediately, the MyCAA program is temporarily halting operations. We are reviewing all procedures, financial assistance documents and the overall program. This pause will not affect approved Financial Assistance documents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

According to MilitaryTimes, the program has drawn nearly 133,000 applications from military spouses since its launch early last year. It provides tuition aid for spouses to pursue "portable" careers, which can move with them and their spouses.

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By Daniel de Vise  |  March 1, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
Categories:  Aid  | Tags: Military education, My Career Advancement Accounts, aid  
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