A study abroad (SO) program is underway for U.S. soldiers and their families to visit the Middle East, Europe and Asia for three years, and is receiving support from the Pentagon.
The program, called the Study and Exchange Program (SEA), was established by President Donald Trump in January 2017 to help U.N. peacekeepers who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries.
However, it has been beset by delays, including funding issues, and it has received only $6 million in the first year, according to the State Department.
Since the program’s inception, the State Dept. has said the U.K. and France have offered to provide additional funding to the program, but U.A.E. countries, such as Germany and Turkey, have not yet offered to help.
The State Dept., in an Oct. 16 letter to the U!
prime minister, said the program has been approved by the U&K Government for two years, but that the U-K.
Government is not yet offering any additional funds to SEA.
“It is not possible to make a commitment that additional funds will be available for the program in 2019 or 2020,” the State department wrote.
The Trump administration also announced last week that the United States will be sending a small number of troops to help the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, which is battling the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.
Saudi Arabia is a member of the UPA coalition in the war against the Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
The U.P. is the United Arab Emirates.