It’s funny how things work out. I originally wrote a piece for MilPages that encouraged military family members to sign a couple of petitions floating around the Internet to reinstate tuition assistance. One petition is on the official government petition site called “We the People” and another is on Change.org. To me, this is awesome because now we immediate (and easy to access!) ways to voice our opinion, especially on the topics that are important to us. My argument was that is we sign the petition and stress the importance of certain programs, it would motivate government officials to see how we feel.
As I was waiting for my story to run on the site, breaking news happened – the tuition assistance program was voted to be saved by Congress! It was the best news of the week! I thought about the piece I wrote and decided to rework it. Of course, what I wrote the first time around is now a moot point!
It’s reassuring to know that our voice is heard. The senators that lobbied for the program recognized how critical it is and worked within Congress to make a difference.