I am wondering WHY would the DoD possibly end the MyCAA? The MyCAA program is invaluable to military spouses who are constantly relocating and working to find a niche in the work force. Here are some details about the MyCAA program:
The Department of Defense (DoD) Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides a lifetime benefit of up to $6,000 of Financial Assistance (FA) for military spouses who are pursuing licenses, certificates, credentials or degree programs leading to employment in Portable Career Fields.
Spouses of DoD Active Duty members and activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components who are on Title 10 orders are eligible to receive MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA).
Who Is Not Eligible?
Military spouses who are legally separated under court order or statute are ineligible. Spouses who are Active Duty or activated Guard or Reserve members themselves are ineligible. Coast Guard spouses are ineligible.
What MyCAA Pays For
MyCAA FA pays tuition for education and training courses, and professional licenses, certifications, and credentials. This includes state certifications for teachers, medical professionals and other occupations requiring recognized certifications; licensing exams and related prep courses; Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes including those offered through professional associations; and degree programs leading to employment in Portable Career Fields. MyCAA also pays for High School Completion courses, GED tests and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
*Source: Military OneSource
The week of February 15th, this was announced:
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. Please check back for updates.
* Read more: Defense Department Pauses Spouse Employment Program
What can you do about this? Contact your state representatives, your congressman, local TV and Radio stations; let your current universities know of your new hardship, and spread the word about this ending!
MilitaryAvenue.com has put one of our founders on the case, Col. (Ret) Dale Kissinger is working to get a DoD RoundTable going to discuss the MyCAA suspension. As soon as we have more news we will certainly share it. We have found that DoD Roundtables help get the word out quickly and to a wide audience. Here is a list of DoD Roundtables we have been involved with during the last few months:
Please comment on this blog with ideas and suggestions or stories of how the MyCAA has assisted you. We will bring your stories with us as we look for answers and fight the good-fight.
- Dan from MilitaryAvenue.com