SAVANNAH, Ga. —The Defense Department will revive an education grant program for military spouses that was suspended after an overwhelming surge of applicants, but new restrictions that exclude families of higher-ranking officers are being attacked as unfair.
Defense officials had to temporarily halt the program in February after an unexpected spike in applications threatened to bust its $174 million budget.
The department on Tuesday announced plans to resume the Military Career Advancement Accounts, or MyCAA, for new applicants in October.
Defense officials say eligibility will now be limited to spouses of servicemen and women in the five lowest enlisted ranks as well as junior officers. There were no rank limitations previously.
Missing Grand Teton climber found dead
CHEYENNE, Wyo. —Rescue workers on Thursday found the body of a missing climber who fell from a cliff when a thunderstorm struck his climbing party on an exposed mountainside in Grand Teton National Park.
Searchers using a helicopter found the body of 21-year-old Brandon Oldenkamp of Sanborn, Iowa, in an area off the northwest face of Grand Teton mountain, park officials said. Rescue workers recovered his body in the early afternoon and brought it to the Teton County coroner, a park spokeswoman said.
Oldenkamp, who was climbing with six other people, fell about 2,000 feet during the midday storm Wednesday, according to park officials. Authorities don't know whether he died from a lightning strike or the fall.