[Nfbmdtlc-chapter] URGENT action needed
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Thu Jun 2 19:32:37 UTC 2016
Please call Senators Mikulski and Cardin tomorrow, Friday, or Monday. Read
the President's message below. By spending a couple of minutes to make two
phone calls, we can have a profound effect on the lives of disabled
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
The US Capitol switchboard number is (202) 224-3121 <tel:(202)%20224-3121> .
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, atDManners at nfb.org <mailto:DManners at nfb.org> or (410)
659-9314 <tel:(410)%20659-9314> , extension 2210.
Please share this message widely throughout the Federation.
Thank you for all that you do.
Mark A. Riccobono, President
Sharon Maneki, President
National Federation of the Blind of Maryland
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