Melanie-Mandy Frees and hundreds of other military spouses at Fort Benning, Georgia, are continuing their education through the Career Advancement Account MilSpouse program funded by the department’s Employment and Training Administration. While her husband is deployed in Iraq, Frees is studying for her degree in business and human resource management. The program helps military spouses by paying up to $6,000 per student for tuition, fees, books, equipment, credentialing and licensing fees. Frees, who is also an on-site coordinator for the education center at Fort Benning, said the program “reduces the fear” of starting or continuing an education and “provides the best incentive for direct financial assistance to spouses.” Adding, “the program enhances the quality of the lives” of the participants.
Ed. Note: This article originally appeared in the August 5, 2010 edition of the DOL Newsletter. Join the more than 70,000 subscribers online at www.dol.gov/newsletter.