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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Nadine

    I am deeply disappointed! I just found out a few hours ago ,about the reopening i have been waiting since 2 days after they shut the original program “down”,and now this.

    I am NOT eligible , now i wonder what will happen to my future? Especially as a foreign!

    I agree shut it completely down ,this is UNFAIR!!!

  • Ms. Davis

    I to think it is UNFAIR. They say they are here for military wives, but you cut half of us out of the program. I called an asked the MYCAA Rep. all she told me was as of Oct. I will be dropped from the program, after I have been in for almost a year, that is so wrong. I want to know who came up with these new changes, I have a ear full for them. This is just so wrong. How is this helping me?

  • Jasmine

    I’m glad that they reopened it but at the same time disappointed that I will no longer qualify for the program. I had been waiting for awhile as I only had one more year left for my degree. I guess I’ll be searching for scholarships and grants. I really don’t want to use my husband’s GI Bill as we planned to pass it on to our daughter.

  • Tuesday

    This is UNFAIR!! In many ways. Im cut completely out of the picture because my husband is an E-7. Cause apparantly that means we have money!! By the time I heard about the program and figured out “Hey I want to go to school to be an Esthetician!”. The program shut down. I believe it should stay open for all military spouses who want to use it for its original purpose. That is for a portable career. That is what I was going to use it for. Because of the overwhelming demand and the many spouses who used the funds not for its intended function. We have now been punished. Who is to say that the spouses who are going to be allowed to use it, wont do the same thing. The government should of regulated the appropiated funds and screened the spouses applications better. The government should of expected the overwhelming demand of spouses who want to actually better themselves. Because they underestimated the spouses of their Armed Forces, we have now been screwed. Who says they look after their own!! Im pissed!, they need to re-evaluate this whole situation. I have been waiting all this time for them to bring it back so I can apply, look where waiting got me!! Having to finance the license that would of cost me only 1300 hundred out of pocket instead of 7300 hundred. There goes that 6000 dollars! POOF!

  • Ron

    I think they should have applied the changes to new spouses and let the ones currently enrolled finish their education, instead of cutting them off mid-stream.

    If enough MyCAA spouses SCREAM and HOLLER, the DOD may take another look at the program.

    But that is just me.

    Ron

  • Rose

    I’m stunned that once again the USCG spouses are not included…to yet another program for dependants. But, that’s not the point. Enough already, with this stuff. In the 20 years I’ve been with my Coastie, we have moved 7 times. We attended 5 different schools between us, due to PCS or underway schedules. We took out financial aid to pay for college degrees. I’ve worked as an laundress, a store clerk and at Taco Bell to make ends meet (between finding jobs in my field). This program, in any form, is a gift. Use it, if you can. But, stop belly aching! It’s a gift! Our husbands/wives are the ones serving. They do the job, the duty, the dangerous missions and we love them and sacrifice different things to build lives with them. What partner doesn’t? Don’t misunderstand me..it can be exceptionally difficult (and lonely) juggling/melding military life and civilian life, trust me I know…but, when did we start thinking that we should be granted benefits (other then what we already have)? This programs a gift. Yes, they should grandfather the current enrollees and apply the restrictions to new spouses (like Ron posted). And yes, I know this post will anger people. But, the idea that spouses are being “punished” and “screwed” or wonder “what will happen to my future”, makes me crazy. There are many ways to finance an education, it can and has, been done. So, do it. It will be harder and will require budgeting and yet again, more sacrifice. But ultimately your “bettering yourself” is entirely up to you and should not be contingent on entitlement or spousal benefit. Any help is a gift. Anyway,(again borrowing from Ron), “But that’s just me”. Good luck to you guys, I hope they let you finish your programs.

  • Chris

    My view from a male spouse. I spent eight years in Germany as a dependent. I could not attend school there because my talent is “cutting hair”. Pcs’d to Ft. Hood, could not go barber school there because of spouse deployment. After her return, pcsd to Ft. Knox now she is deploying again. It is undertood the sacraficies she makes, why isn’t the sacrafies of spouses understood. THE MILITARY SPOUSE HAS THE POWER TO SHUT DOWN A MILITARY POST. IE. if only for two days military spouses united commissaries, px’s, bowling alleys, shoppetes, burger kings, dfacs and a host of other low wage jobs will shut a post down…no wait the program leaves out many so that the above establishments can remain open. So the spouse of an E-6 is just out there flapping. Michelle Obama you said that you were for the military spouse, I guess not the male type.

  • Audrey Story

    Although I understand and empathize with the frustration, the need to restrict was imminent. For those of us eliminated, such is par for the course of rank privileges. In my opinion, this is fair. It’s a starter program, meant to assist wives as they establish foundational mobile career choices, not to reconstruct career choices by senior ranking wives. While I also endured deployments, TDY, extended work hrs, vacant Thanksgiving, Christmas and birthdays, I did not seek to the military to permeate my career I exerted a lot of effort. But “it’s all in it” with the “I DO.” For 22+ years I have sought and discovered employment/education or professional development at each duty station(with exception of a couple of years off for child rearing stuff ) was it hard, yes. Is it impossible, no. It has paid off and Uncle Sam “has it rewards.” Educational loans and fiancial sacrifices was our choice. I accept this and move on. Again, “Just me”.. wasn’t aware of the program, until it was stopped. Actually, I was never entitled in the big picture. I had already done. Discover happiness, accomplishment and an acceptable medium as military wives we are more than able.

  • Luis

    Although I understand the disappointment many of you feel, I think the broader problem is that the DOD has brainwashed all spouses by calling them “dependent” spouses. Rose hit the nail on the head, once you start to demand benefits and believe that you are entitled, you will soon find that dependence on the system becomes easier and independence becomes harder. I have no problem with the DOD offering programs to help spouses, but you, as a spouse, should be very careful to ever believe that the benefit is “yours”, because it is only because of the service member’s status that you receive it. Rather than show appreciation for the DOD that tried and failed to help spouses, the majority of posters are showing indignation and contempt that they were mistreated. The DOD is the only organization in America that implements programs for spouses on such a massive scale(ask CIA, FBI spouse or any Contractor), take advantage of those opportunities. But threaten to “shut down a military post” is ridiculous. Stop supporting on-post facilities and the next thing you know you will complain that you can’t survive on the economy because the base closed the same facilities you boycotted. WAKE UP. Honestly, if you can’t accept the lifestyle then talk to you spouse about leaving the service. I bet most won’t because the benefits are too good to leave.