Sequester suspends National Guard tuition aid

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SALEM, Ore. — Assistance to 350 members in the Oregon National Guard has been suspended due to the automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester.

KATU-TV reports that 47 more soldiers were enrolled for class before the aid was cut off, but their benefits may not last past the spring term if the sequestration cuts remain in effect.

Oregon soldiers received more than $2 million in tuition assistance in the last fiscal year.

A spokesman, Capt. Stephen Bomar, says the aid is not part of the Guard members’ contracts, so it’s not guaranteed. He calls the cuts disappointing.