Disabled Veterans Can Now Fly Space-A
One of the updates from the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act is the ability for disabled veterans to be able to fly using Space-A. Here is some information about this change.
Space-A Travel Now Available to Disabled Veterans
- The veterans will need to have a service-related disability, rated at 100%.
- These veterans will now be able to get on any scheduled or unscheduled military flight that is operated by Air Mobility Command within the continental United States. Direct flights are also available to Alaska, American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
- These veterans will be in the lowest priority group, category 6, which includes retirees and their dependents.
- Dependents of the veterans with a total disability rating won’t be able to use this service.
- Space-A travel is on a “space available” basis and requires a lot of flexibility. Whoever uses this service needs to remember that, have extra money available to use for hotels and food if needed, and is probably not the best to use in cases when they have to be somewhere on a certain day.
- Participants don’t have to pay a lot for this service, only a small tax or inspection fee.
- This was introduced back in 2016, and then was merged with the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
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