[Nfbnet-members-list] Urgent Action Needed: Final Push to Get Space Available Passed in the Senate!

President, National Federation of the Blind OfficeOfThePresident at nfb.org
Wed Jun 1 19:30:24 UTC 2016

Fellow Federationists:

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 fought in.

The US Capitol switchboard number is <tel:(202)%20224-3121>(202) 
224-3121. The fact sheet is available 
If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Derek Manners, 
Advocacy and Policy Analyst, 
at<mailto:DManners at nfb.org>DManners at nfb.org or 
<tel:(410)%20659-9314>(410) 659-9314, extension 2210.

Please share this message widely throughout the Federation.

Thank you for all that you do.

Mark A. Riccobono, President
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street at Jernigan Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
Phone: (410) 659-9314
Fax: (410) 659-5129
Email: <mailto:officeofthepresident at nfb.org>officeofthepresident at nfb.org
Twitter: @Riccobono and @NFB_Voice
Web: <http://www.nfb.org/>www.nfb.org

The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the 
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise 
the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create 
obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life 
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.

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