03.11.10

Burr Statement on Re-Opening of MyCAA

Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Department of Defense's decision to reinstate the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program which provided educational benefits to military spouses:

"I am pleased to hear that the Department of Defense has announced it will reinstate MyCAA for spouses who are currently in the program after abruptly halting the program almost a month ago. I remain concerned, however, that the Defense Department has not indicated when it will allow new spouses to participate in the program. I intend to work with DOD officials to see that they enable all military spouses the opportunity to participate in this program so that they can further their education. These spouses support our men and women in the Armed Forces, and at a time when we are demanding so much from our military families, the My Career Advancement Accounts program is a small token of our appreciation and support for their sacrifices."

At the time of its termination on February 16, 2010, MyCAA was providing educational assistance to over 50,000 military spouses. A copy of the letter Senator Burr sent to Secretary Gates is attached.