In-Depth: Sen. Todd Young (R-IN) introduced this bill to provide disabled veterans TSA PreCheck for free:
“Our wounded warriors deserve the utmost gratitude and respect. This legislation is one way we can help improve the lives of veterans, like my colleague Senator Duckworth, who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to serve our nation.”
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) — the first disabled female veteran to be elected to the House and Senate and a strong proponent of initiatives to make it easier for people with disabilities to travel — added:
“Millions of Veterans have sacrificed a great deal in service to our nation and returned home with service-connected disabilities. For those of us who rely on prosthetics and wheelchairs for mobility, air travel and passing through airport security can be a challenge. I’m proud to join Senator Young in introducing this bipartisan legislation to make TSA Pre√® available at no cost to these Veterans and make flying and passing through airports a little easier and less intrusive.”
After this bill passed the House Homeland Security Committee, its House sponsor, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), said:
“Traveling through airport security can be challenging. America’s veterans who suffer from a disabling condition should not have to worry about security screenings. Under this legislation, severely injured veterans would be eligible for TSA Pre Check free of charge. This benefit is similar to what is already offered to Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard servicemembers. Easing the travel experience of America’s veterans is the very least we can do to honor their sacrifice to our country.”
The Wounded Warrior Project is among a number of veterans’ organizations that supports this bill. Its CEO, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Mike Linnington, says:
“The Veterans Expedited TSA Screening Safe Travel Act will provide many severely injured and disabled veterans a more dignified experience when passing through security checkpoints at our nation’s airports. On the behalf of the millions of American veterans whose lives we aim to improve, we thank Senators Todd Young and Tammy Duckworth for their concern and leadership on this important issue, and for their great fidelity to our nation’s veterans.”
This bill has one cosponsor, Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL). Its House version, sponsored by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), passed the House Homeland Security Committee with the support of 21 bipartisan cosponsors, including 16 Republicans and five Democrats.
This bill is supported by the Wounded Warrior Project, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Honor Flight Network, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion.
Of Note: TSA PreCheck is already offered to active duty, reserves, and National Guard service members at no cost. The program, which costs $85 a year for the general public, allows travelers to go through airport security checkpoints removing shoes, belts or light jackets or taking laptops or liquids out of carry-on bags.
Summary by Lorelei Yang
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