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Veterans, Soldiers Feel Sting Of Sequester Cuts
Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Mar. 16, 2013 6:10 PM EDT
Updated: Mar. 17, 2013 10:14 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
More than $85 billion in cuts are being felt all over the nation, as the sequester moves into a third week.
And, here in West Virginia, it’s no different.
Tuition assistance and a program that helps homeless veterans get back on their feet will be among the cuts.
Roughly 100,000 homeless and formerly-homeless veterans will lose assistance, and the U.S. Army announced Friday that it will no longer accept applications for its tuition assistance program. The program gives soldiers money each year to earn their diplomas.
Major General James A. Hoyer said the problem isn't here at home, but is instead on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
“The people we have in Washington that are supposed to lead those men and women have broken that commitment and pulled away that tuition assistance,” Hoyer said. “They can't come to an agreement on how to manage the nation’s budget."
Last year, just about 200,000 soldiers used the program, which cost about $373 million.
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