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Sequester Cuts Funds for Kids of Troops Killed in Iraq

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Sequester Cuts Funds for Kids of Troops Killed in Iraq Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, and scholarships for children of troops who died fighting in that conflict are being cut by thousands of dollars, thanks to sequestration. The awards, called the Iraq and Afghanistan War Grants, go to undergraduate students whose moms or dads died "as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11," according to the Department of Education. In the past few weeks, four of the five military branches have reported that military families will be hurt in another way by sequestration cuts: active duty members of the Army, the Marines, the Coast Guard and most recently, the Air Force won't be able to receive tuition assistance for upcoming courses during the rest of the fiscal year. These branches blamed the automatic budget cuts caused by sequestration for the suspension of their tuition assistance programs. Air Force spokesperson Lt. Col. Laurel Tingley said Airmen who have already had assistance approved will still receive it, but about 115,000 will be affected by the cuts.


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