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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — A group that wants to give money to servicemembers in the Daegu area to help pay for college says its money is all dressed up with no place to go.

“The people are not utilizing this because the word is not out,” said Army Capt. Seuk-hwan Son, a member of the Association of the United States Army’s Area IV district chapter in Daegu.

So chapter personnel are moving to inform servicemembers of the financial help for college they can get if they join AUSA, he said.

The group hosted a luncheon and informational presentation Wednesday at Camp Walker for about 230 unit commanders, first sergeants, other soldiers and AUSA chapter Korean members, Son said.

AUSA membership is open to servicemembers of all branches, Defense Department civilians and military family members, Son said.

Each year the district’s corporate sponsors — mostly local business leaders — donate $30,000 to the chapter for books, tuition assistance and college scholarships, he said.

For college books alone, each eligible member can receive up to $90 per calendar year.

But these days, much of the money is just sitting in the bank.

In 2004, for example, the Area IV district chapter spent more than $20,000 for books and other college expenses, Son said.

But this year only $5,000 has been used.

Son said details about AUSA membership, college assistance and related matters are available by calling Capt. Diana Parsik at DSN 768-8791 or Sgt. 1st Class Miwon Matchett at DSN 768-7357.


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