WASHINGTON, DC (AP) — Veterans with disabilities can now be a little less afraid of the airport thanks to a bill that passed unanimously in the Senate. Check, Veterans Safe Travel Act Accelerated Review TSA (VETS)will provide a free TSA Pre-Test (Pre√®) for disabled veterans.
The bill was sponsored by US Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Tammy Duckworth (R-Illinois).
“Millions of veterans have made great sacrifices in the service of our nation and have returned home with service-related disabilities. For those of us who rely on prostheses and wheelchairs to get around, air travel and airport security can be a challenge,” said Senator Duckworth. “I’m proud that the Senate passed this bipartisan bill to make TSA pre-screening free for these veterans and to make flying and passing through airports a little easier and less intrusive, and I hope we can get it on President Biden’s desk soon.”
Officials estimate that about 70,000 amputees, 100,000 paralyzed veterans and 130,000 blind veterans will benefit during the journey.
“Tea Safe Travel Act VETS was written for veterans with disabilities who fear the airport because of the humiliation they will have to endure at checkpoints. This bill will help veterans travel easier by providing them with Pre√® benefits. I am delighted that our bill has finally passed the Senate, and I urge the House of Representatives to pass it as soon as possible,” said Senator Young.
The bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and TSA to work together to provide Pre√® to eligible veterans. VA will also need to ensure that those who are eligible are contacted to let them know about this benefit. Veterans can also call the TSA Cares Helpline 72 hours before travel to get Pre√®.
Legislation supported by: Wounded Warriors Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Honorary Flying Network, Disabled American Veterans, American Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, VetsFirst, and the American Legion.