Sen Hagan: President signs bill to ease air travel for veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) announced Thursday that President Obama has signed a bill that eases air travel for injured and disabled service members and veterans.

The Helping Heroes Fly Act was unanimously passed by the House on May 21, before being unanimously passed by the Senate, according to a release from Sen. Hagan's office. President Obama signed the bill into law last week.

The act eases screening requirements at airport security checkpoints for injured and disabled service members and veterans, the release stated.

"This bipartisan bill helps ensure that the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country are treated with the respect they deserve," Hagan said.  "Veterans and service members who have suffered service-related injuries often struggle to travel, and we should help make their lives easier. I'm pleased Congress came together to pass the Helping Heroes Fly Act that will make air travel more convenient and dignified for our veterans."

The Helping Heroes Fly Act will:

  •     Authorize a Wounded Warrior Screening Program and Operations Center to make the practice permanent;
  •     Train TSA screeners on the protocols of the program to prevent discrepancies in treatment of wounded warriors;
  •      Mandate consultations between TSA officials and advocacy organizations to ensure the program meets the needs of wounded warriors;
  •      Require annual reports to Congress on the status and progress of the program.

According to Sen. Hagan's office, her father-in-law was a two-star Marine general. Her brother and father served in the Navy. Her husband, Chip, is a Vietnam veteran who used the GI Bill to help pay for law school. Hagan also has two nephews who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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