[Nfbnet-members-list] Legislative Alert - May 16, 2018

Pare, John JPare at nfb.org
Wed May 16 20:19:12 UTC 2018

Dear Fellow Federationists:

We are at a critical juncture for our Space Available legislation. Next week, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 will be up for a committee vote in the Senate. The update to the Space Available program that would allow veterans with a service-connected permanent disability rated as total, who received their disability before 1978 to have access to military flights has been included in the House version of the NDAA, but not the Senate version. This is a position that we have found ourselves in previously. We want to ensure that we do everything we can to try and get the legislation into the Senate version of the NDAA.

Below you will find a list of the senators who are on the Armed Services Committee, along with their Washington office phone numbers. Please call or email Senator McCain and Senator Inhofe's offices, as they are the two most senior Republican members of the committee, and urge them to do two things: cosponsor S. 116, the Space Available bill in the Senate; and to include that bill in the Senate version of the NDAA. Additionally, if you live in one of the states represented on the list, please call or email your senator and ask them to do the same. You might say something like:

"My name is [name], and I am calling to encourage the Senator to cosponsor a bill that would allow disabled veterans to use the Space Available program (S. 116). This bill is supported by Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the National Association of Blind Veterans. I also ask that the Senator include the language of the bill in the National Defense Authorization Act.

Thank you for your support of blind veterans.

[Your Name]"

With your help and support, we can get Space Available across the finish line, and give our disabled veterans the honor they deserve.

Senate Armed Services Committee Member Contact Information
John McCain (AZ)             202-224-2235
James Inhofe (OK)          202-224-4721
Roger Wicker (MS)          202-224-6253
Deb Fischer (NE)              202-224-6551
Tom Cotton (AR)              202-224-2353
Mike Rounds (SD)            202-224-5842
Joni Ernst (IA)                    202-224-3254
Thom Tillis (NC)                 202-224-6342
Dan Sullivan (AK)              202-224-3004
David Perdue (GA)          202-224-3521
Ted Cruz (TX)                     202-224-5922
Lindsey Graham (SC)      202-224-5972
Ben Sasse (NE)                  202-224-4224
Tim Scott (SC)                    202-224-6121

Jack Reed (RI)                    202-224-4642
Bill Nelson (FL)                  202-224-5274
Claire McCaskill (MO)     202-224-6154
Jeanne Shaheen (NH)    202-224-2841
Kirsten Gillibrand (NY)   202-224-4451
Richard Blumenthal (CT)202-224-2823
Joe Donnelly (IN)             202-224-4814
Mazie Hirono (HI)            202-224-6361
Tim Kaine (VA)                  202-224-4024
Angus King (ME)               202-224-5344
Martin Heinrich (NM)     202-224-5521
Elizabeth Warren (MA)  202-224-4543
Gary Peters (MI)              202-224-6221



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