Release Date: 
Monday, August 20, 2018
Chris Danielsen
Director of Public Relations
National Federation of the Blind
(410) 659-9314, extension 2330
(410) 262-1281 (Cell)

Military Space Available Accommodation Expanded to More Veterans with Disabilities

National Federation of the Blind Commends Congress and the President

Baltimore, Maryland (August 20, 2018): The National Federation of the Blind commented today on the inclusion of language expanding eligibility for the Space Available program in the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act that was recently signed into law by President Donald J. Trump. The Space Available Program allows certain categories of individuals to travel on military flights if space is available.

"The National Federation of the Blind has long fought for all veterans with service-connected disabilities to be granted equal access to the Space Available program," said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. "Thanks to the hard work of our membership and our allies in the United States Congress, an oversight which excluded many Vietnam-era veterans who are blind or have other disabilities from participation in this program has now been corrected. This is a great victory for the National Federation of the Blind, but more importantly, for thousands of blind and otherwise disabled veterans who earned this privilege by their honorable service to our nation."