[Nfbnet-members-list] Update on Space Available

Manners, Derek Dmanners at nfb.org
Tue May 17 20:42:42 UTC 2016

Hello, Fellow Federationists:

The senators on the Committee on Armed Services heard us loud and clear last week; however, the staff who actually writes the legislation had some technical issues with S. 2596.  They think that we need to get the Department of Defense to fix their mistake of excluding service-connected disabled veterans injured prior to September 23, 1996, from the Space Available Program.  Fortunately, we will be offering an amendment on the floor of the Senate to include S. 2596 in the National Defense Authorization Act.  Once we do, we will let you all know the amendment number so you can call your senator and tell them to end disparate treatment of disabled veterans by supporting the amendment.  In the meantime, I want to thank each of you for your hard work last week and letting the Senate know we care about this issue, and I encourage you to keep getting cosponsors for H.R. 2264 and S. 2596.

Derek Manners
Advocacy and Policy Analyst
National Federation of the Blind
200 East Wells Street
At Jernigan Place
Baltimore, MD 21230
E: DManners at NFB.org<mailto:DManners at NFB.org>
P: 410-659-9314 Ext. 2210

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