Last week, Senator Heller from Nevada introduced an amendment to the Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the same Space Available language that you already helped pass in the House NDAA last month. This is the first time we've ever been able to get an amendment for Space Available introduced in the Senate. This amendment currently has two cosponsors, Senators Tester from Montana and Ayotte from New Hampshire, but we need more support.
Please call your senators and urge them to cosponsor amendment S.A. 4235 to the Senate NDAA so that all veterans with disabilities rated as total can participate in the Space Available Program, not just those injured on or after September 23, 1996. We expect the Senate to begin debating the NDAA next week so time is of the essence for us to build support for our legislation. If we can get this amendment through the Senate, we will only need a signature from the President to end the disparate treatment of our courageous vets in the Space Available Program based on which war they fought in.
The US Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121. The fact sheet is available at: https://nfb.org/equal-access-air-travel-service-disabled-veterans. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Derek Manners, Advocacy and Policy Analyst, at DManners@nfb.org or (410) 659-9314, extension 2210.
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Thank you for all that you do.
Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind