Disabled Veterans can fly Space Available Flights for free

Service-connected disabled Veterans and Space-A Travel


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Air Mobility CommandJet set disabled Vets on Space-A flights

When congress signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act last year,100% service connected disabled Veterans became eligible for Space Available Travel. Better known as ‘Space-A’ or military hops, Air Mobility Command (AMC) maintains an extensive network of flights throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa. Supplementing this network, several Air National Guard and Naval Aviation Units have flights available.

To be eligible for Space-A flights, Veterans must have a permanent and total service-connected disability rating. These Vets must also obtain a DD Form 2765, “Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification and Privilege Card (TAN).

Capt. Jonathan Ferricher prepares a C-130J for flight June 4, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. The Denton Amendment allows U.S. military aircraft to transport, on a space-available basis, humanitarian supplies from nongovernment organizations to people around the world who are in need of assistance. The 317th Airlift Group transported the supplies to Pope Army Airfield, N.C., where it will be taken to Joint Base Charleston, S.C., and then to Afghanistan. Ferricher is assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

Capt. Ferricher prepares for flight. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko)

The Space-A Program fills surplus capacity and seating on DOD aircraft. A popular perk among retirees, now eligible Veterans can take advantage of the program and fly for free. So, whether the Veteran is looking for a getaway to Hawaii or a trip to catch-up with their Veteran brothers and sisters on the other side of the country, the Space-A travel program can fly you there.

Some things to know before flying Space-A:

  • Disabled Veterans, along with retirees, are in priority group 6. This means active service members on emergency leave; post deployment respite and other important transportation needs will have priority.
  • A contingency plan and resources, including commercial airfare, need to be available in case of a scheduling change or sudden unavailability.
  • Dependents of disabled Veterans are not eligible for Space-A travel.

Eligible Veterans looking for flights should review schedules at AMC passenger terminals. Most AMC terminals, on military bases or at commercial airports, have a Facebook page that posts flight schedules and seat availability. Once a flight and destination are selected the Veteran can register in person at the terminal, or by email/fax.

Disabled Veterans, with a little flexibility and patience, are taking to the sky for free with Space-A travel and seeing more of the country thankful for their service and sacrifice.

For more information including: eligibility, locations, schedules, baggage, contact info, and; to register for the Space-Available Travel Email Sign-Up visit the Air Mobility Command—Space Available Travel Page.

Author

Steven Clipp

Steve Clipp joined VA in 2017 with the White House/VA Hotline and is currently on detail as a communications specialist with the Veteran Experience Office. Steve, a Navy Veteran, served as an electronics technician in Fighter Squadron 31 (VF 31-F/14s) on-board the USS Abraham Lincoln. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Comments

  1. Joseph McNamara    

    Are there any advocate groups who are lobbying to include dependent travel with 100% PTs?

    This sounds like an ADA issue and when family pets are ranking over 100% PTs. something needs to be addressed by our leaders.
    The original Bill seemed to treat all 100% pt the same as retirees, who changed it? WHy?

  2. D Deryl Downey    

    Thank you Congress for at least getting the ball rolling in the right direction. I’m sure this bill will be adjusted accordingly to handle additional concerns. Slowly, since that’s how Congress moves m but it will move. I am a 100% SC P&T veteran I personally will not be using this benefit as I feel that since I am still mobile those that are not are more deserving of the space. I thank you, though, for the additional benefit.

  3. Folded four    

    Is congress working on changing this to allow dependents? If not, how do we (veterans) get the ball rolling to start this change?

    1. Johnny Watkins    

      Vote them out of office! I am not sure if you know that young men and women who retire after 20yrs of active duty service do not get their retirement pay until they turn 62yrs old. This is as of FY2018. Guest who made that law? Our good ole congressman & senators! Service members life can be put on the line everyday but does our lawmakers? I am retired Army and 100% Disabled we fly a lot Space-A . NAS Norfolk Europe$23.75 on commercial & $0.00 on C-17 or C40’s Good Luck

    2. Danny c    

      Interesting request. Have you ever flown space A? I have flown it since 70s to present. It is not an airline service. Flights are real missions. Often planes break down, missions are cancelled or delayed, or flying as priority 6 you get bumped off the flight. As a vet flying single; yes, take advantage of it if you can. You have a better chance getting a seat flying single than with dependents. Keep in mind, you might incur costs for hotel and ground transportation and even a commercial airline ticket if the fight you want or are travelling on is delayed cancel or you are bumped. Flying space a is not a sure thing!

  4. June    

    What is the age 65 non revocable flight? Both of us are 74, vet and spouse and service dog.

  5. jackie morrison    

    what most people on this page who are complaining do not realize is that the chance of getting a space available seat on a military aircraft is real slim, space a passengers are a category or two below the post commanders dog.
    if you want your spouse travel with you then I suggest that you go to Expedia or some other travel site and book a flight or maybe try AMTRAK they have pretty reasonable rates and traveling by train is not that bad.

  6. Scott Anderson    

    I see this reshaping in the near future where all your SC disabilities for 100% will be listed automatically through DoD and all those with PTSD and those with chronic sleep disorders like sleep apnea will NOT be able to fly because it will and could interrupt/jeopardize the mission of the Air Mobility Command which is a Major Command of the U.S. Air Force, and will be blacklisted otherwise as “no-fly”. I just see this coming real fast. Like caregivers and dependents not being included for 100% P&T w/no future exams currently only being amended and put into category 5 because when the bill was moved the language was changed. Strike the law. Wonder why the service organizations haven’t jumped on that yet. I am happy for the benefit though.

  7. John Ciaccio    

    James Almodovar, there are scheduled flights from Beaufort SC to PR and back again on a weekly basis. Check the schedule. They leave from the international airport.

  8. richard ventola    

    Are there and Space A flights out of Newark International. Airport (Liberty International)? If so where can I get information.

  9. Anthony A Leon Guerrero    

    What a miserable screwed up policy to not allow caregivers and or spouses who care for their 100% disabled veterans. The author together with congress to write and pass this bill should be ashamed. Even a single no dependents 100% veteran would not be able to fly without assistance. Who’s to care for them at the terminal and help them up the airplane ladder or speak on their behalf for their needs— the load master or the co-pilot or the pilot or the navigator? What a joke! I would think that the author and congress decided that the caregiver/spouse would walk the veteran to the check-in counter then depart the area for the air force to 100+% take control. What a lousy miserable policy. Another problem: Why group the 100% disabled veterans with retirees? Totally screwed up! They should be placed behind the retirees and not compete for space available seats.

    1. Bruce Carlton    

      I agree. How many disabled Veterans will not be able to take advantage of this since spouse or caretaker can not come along. This is a disgrace! It is as good as nothing!!

    2. Richard Ochoa    

      Being as things are, would you prefer those 100% Disabled vets NOT be allowed to fly? I’m 100% and thankful that I am now going to be allowed to fly. I have a service dog. I don’t know if I can fly with her or not, but I prefer a limited benefit over none at all.

      1. Bart Sliger    

        I appreciate your attitude about this, and, I agree. As congress sees associated problems (and it’ often hard to for congress to get it perfect the first go round) this may be just temporary problems. It may take a few years to fix the law, but they may! Heck I waited 30 year for this benefit, It may get better…

      2. Skip Porter    

        I agree with you, before we were not able to fly Space A at all. This is a move in the right direction. Hopefully one day in the future the bill will be amended to allow 100% Vets to use Space A throughout the systems instead of limited destinations. The original bill was written to give the same privilege as retirees currently have. However it got watered down in Congress because there was some opposition to that. Overall it’s and excellent benefit.

        Peace!

    3. Chris Lewis    

      That was my first thought as well
      How the hell would I ever make a Space A flight alone !!
      Thanks for nothing Congress
      Was John McCain even alive when this bill passed??
      I don’t believe he would have ever agreed to have his name on a bill like this

  10. Jose D Colon    

    Will this be effective on 2020 or 2019?
    Best regards David

    1. Lorraine Tharp    

      I agree. I thought spouses were allowed to travel with the retired Veteran whether they were 100% disabled or not could travel with a spouse or caregiver. When did this change?

      1. Rose Berry    

        What I have found out is that if the veteran has a 100% service connected disability with a blue military identification card then his/her spouse has the privilege to fly also. But the spouse can only with with the veteran- but never can fly alone without the veteran

        1. Pamela Troester    

          So those of us veterans who are 100% P&T but are not retired do not get to have our spouses/caregivers to come with us on space A travel?

    2. Skip Porter    

      It is currently effective as of August 2018

  11. Andre Jackson    

    What about permanent disability and under 100%,my wife has 90% and I have 80%,how much would we have to pay??

  12. Nate sgt usmc    

    I wonder, Will service dogs be allowed to travel with disabled vets?

  13. Porsha brown    

    It’s pretty useless if the spouse can’t go…

  14. Elizabeth Hazelmyer    

    I can go but my spouse can’t. Guess we’ll have to wait until I turn 65 to get my airline non-rev benefits for both of us to be able to go.

    1. James Richardson Jr    

      What is non-rev benefits?

  15. Michael J Caudill    

    Did any of you read the article and follow the provided links? Jesus H Christ……..

  16. Phil Seiflein    

    Thank you for this thoughtful 1st step. This benefit should not place a strain or danger upon Military Operations, so I understand the limitations and restrictions to this benefit for those not ambulatory. Addition of 1 caregiver or dependent would be nice, though.

  17. Kathy Fritz    

    I just got my 100% can you tell me what all is available for me. I live close to the Myrtle Beach, SC. Or tell where I can look it up. Thank you.

    1. James Richardson Jr    

      Ask your nearest VSO or VA Regional Office 800-827-1000 in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin or call: MyVA311 (844-698-2311)
      TTY:711.

  18. Charles Castillo    

    What about a disabled veteran that is 70% disabled and being paid at a 100%?

    1. Ashley marie    

      Yes its the same you can travel Space A

  19. Paul Staudenmaier    

    I agree with the above comments – it is a terrific offer, but I travel with my wife. This needs to be reassessed to include spouses. Also, many Vietnam Vets have oxygen 24/7, and mobility scooters. We need to know if these are allowed. thank you!

    1. Lorraine Tharp    

      Thank you for addressing this comment

  20. Dave Calhoun    

    Yes… Go get your I.D. card

  21. Brian Hopps    

    Many vets have questions here about this ID (DD2765) and the benefits attached to it. First, you must be a service connected 100% totally and permanently disabled vet to obtain it. In my town, I had to go to an armory where they had an agent who issued these cards. No appointment was necessary, I just walked in, but that process may vary by locations. Call in advance to find out. The card, with photo, is issued on site, and the process took only about 20 minutes. A few of the benefits I have used it for is that you can access any military base with it, and use their PX and other facilities (saves a lot on groceries)
    But the biggest saving to me was that Disney offers incredible discounts for veterans with this card, over 50% on park tickets, up to 40% on resort hotels, and nearly 50% (or more) on many other Disney related tickets and venues. With this discount, I was able to take my daughter, her husband, and my 3 beautiful grandchildren on 3 wonderful vacations to DisneyWorld, where our trips would have cost $12,000 – $15,000, but actually came in between $6,000 – $8,000. I’m not wealthy, so without this card we might have been able to take one trip, but certainly not three. I’m sure there are many other deals available for vets with this card, but these are the two that I have used, and by doing so have saved a lot of money.

  22. Bernice Peterson Phillips    

    Why is it only for disable vet why can’t it be available for all veterans

  23. McQueen Varnes    

    I am retired Army with 50% disability. Will be able to catch a Hop on a military aircraft. I look to perhaps catch a hop from a Air force Base in Spokane wash. Is there a listing as to where in Washington State where I can get a hop somewhere in the allotted area. My wife would be with me.
    McQueen Varnes, mack.varnes.is@gmail.com. I don’t have a website.

    1. jackie morrison    

      it is not only disabled vets, it is 100% disabled vets in addition to active duty and retired military personal and their families which means that the chance of getting a flight to anywhere is pretty slim.
      used to be that there was also a ten dollar administration fee for each passenger but I would bet that it is more than that today

  24. Jason Scott    

    Some of these comments are unbelievable!

    If you were offered a million, you would complain that it wasn’t two million.

    Here is a free Porsche, but I wanted a Ferrari

    This dinner is free for you, but what about my Uncles son stepdaughter?

    Something will always be better than nothing people. It will not always be “exactly” what we would like but it is better than before. A huge percentage of Vets will be able to use these flights and those who cannot have a caregiver with them, hopefully, this is a step in the right direction.

  25. Arvin Williamson    

    No they are not….The DD Form 2765 is your military ID issued to you from any military base if you are 100% disabled. You must take your DD 214 along with your proof of your 100 % rating ……medical report to the base personnel building to get your ID.

  26. EVVIE EVVIE    

    51 Years as sole caregiver to my 100% disabled Veteran of Viet Name War and you say he cann travel but not his caregiver who is his spouse with Miltary ID…Nothing ever changes since he has this benefit prior to you announcing this bill.

  27. Joseph Alan Cervantez    

    If a veteran is %50 disabled, can he/she hop a flight to get half-way there?

    1. jackie morrison    

      if your veteran is retired from the military either regular or disability retirement then this program does not apply to you.
      a retire, his spouse and minor children are already authorized to fly space available on military and DOD contracted flights, he cost used to be $10 per person admin fee.
      if your veteran did not retire from the military then yes you cannot accompany him

  28. Phil Harris    

    Why not allow all service connected vets to fly!

  29. Phil Harris    

    Not fair why not allow all service connected to fly Space A!

  30. Rodolfo Lejano    

    Rodolfo Lejano,

    My wife is my caregiver for SMC the family okay to take care esp. my wife. Do you think for flying 100% disable VET your
    staff can provide comfort and dignity for each 100% disable meaning they are not okay.

    1. jackie morrison    

      mainly because with the addition of the 100% veterans you would not get a space anyway.

  31. Tom    

    Why worry about something so rediculous. It’s just an attempt at showing what a great job the VA is doing. Let’s focus on important issues such as the VA to provide both medical care and our disability pay to our spouses or significant other. This would give peace to all veterans . Thanks for listening

  32. John Everett    

    Yep,
    Had to reread it twice to get the full effect.
    If you are a 100% single disabled Vet, or one that doesn’t really care about having their spouse along, it’s good.
    Not a bad deal for them.. That’s cool.
    Now if you are a disabled Vet with less than 100%, even though you busted your ass for our beloved Country, it totally and completely sucks. Or any 100%’er that wants to take his wife, that sucks too.
    So once again only the favored few get to reap this benefit
    Ya’ll are lucky..
    Well done, (sarcastically written)

  33. Elton East    

    This makes a big difference for a lot of people like me. I see a lot of complaints on here though. If you are disabled from combat or other reasons and you are complaining, I suggest you try to remember why you took the job in the first place. And if that doesn’t work, think of the ones that didn’t come home at all. They didn’t die so we could get free flights. Be thankful for what you have or at least what you have left. God bless all the veterans and may God look over the Infantry.

    1. jackie morrison    

      you realize of course that even if those with a rating below 100% were included in this program they most likely would never be able to get a seat on a plane.
      the space A traveler is a category one slot below the base commanders dog and can be bumped from the flight up until the time the plane takes off.
      these are not commercial airlines you are flying on they are C-130’s, C-5a’s and other military transports designed to carry cargo,
      do some research on the soldiers and sailors home in Biloxi, pretty much any veteran can stay there, it costs about 30% of our income but unless your spouse is a veteran also he or she is not allowed to live there with you.

  34. Tango Mike    

    I served for over 6 I have 50% disability why doesn’t that qualify me? And why is the V.A. giving these benefits to only 100% if anything the lower percentage veterans need the discount more, because we get reimbursed at a lower rating amount $, why aren’t 50% and even lower ratings getting these flights it’s only fair that we do.

    1. vincent j decristoforo    

      I agree with Elton East no one is ever satisfied if you were given 200% people would want 400% be happy you made it home and have someone to care for you.If you don’t have enough money for you both to fly somewhere take a nice drive or walk and be happy your alive.

  35. Robert L. Primeaux    

    I”m a 100% Service-Connected Permanent and Total Disabled Veteran and I require a caregiver when Travel. So, in essence this form of travel for me would require for me to have my caregiver with me this is due to my severe residuals from the TBI I suffer from which is a service-connected disability. Please answer me soon.
    Thank you.

    Robert L. Primeaux

  36. Robert L Harper    

    James Almodovar; I too agree with the statement you made this is a bogus treatment of all who have served our country I have 50% and that should have some impact.

  37. Juanita Marin- Balolong    

    My husband 100% disabled, but he passed away. Am I qualify to Apace A travel? Thank you . Please let me know.

  38. Cynthia Reeves    

    Thanks, I live near Ft Benning, GA. Please provide me with scheduling

    1. Robert W. Prewitt    

      Such a disgrace that the Department of Defense has not corrected “their
      ” misunderstanding of the law. The act clearly meant to allow spouses to fly with the 100% vet that served their Country. The spouses were home waiting.

    2. WILLIAM ROSE    

      You must go through the individual base for scheduling questions.

    3. Yeah right    

      No one cares about veterans and no one ever truly will!

    4. Brian Davidson    

      …or you can do some simple research and figure it out for yourself Soldier.

    5. Bruce Carlton    

      I’m sure a lot of disabled veterans will not be using this benefit because they will not be able to have a spouse with them. I’m one of those who needs my wife to be with me!! This needs to be changed!!

  39. Dennis king    

    what about retired veterans with 80% disabilities? Can I get space A? And why cant a spouse fly especially with a 100 % disabled Veteran?

    1. WILLIAM ROSE    

      Retirees are already eligible to fly space A.

    2. Ralph howe    

      It’s just another great political head line that has no impact to speak of. Even active duty almost never took advantage of space-a. Now 100% disabled vets can travel alone.. How many people want to travel alone? Almost none.
      Same thing with the GI bill forever thing.. Will have no impact for another decade.
      Just more political headlines that over promis, and under deliver.

    3. Vi    

      Im a 100% service connected disabled veteran who needs assistance and my United States registered Service dog to accompany me when ever i ho places. I appreciate this offer it would be so wonderful to even be able to go see my dad whom i hadnt seen in 11 yr and some other family. But this still would not get me there if i couldnt take an assitant my pca’s change off and on. It would be a dream come true to be able to do something other then just always trips to drs and hospital’s. But the part of no spouse or aide still leaves quite a few like me out on a limb and sometimes I feel businesses offer things to veterans knowing we can’t use them anyway just to try to make themselves look better for themselves to the public. More slaps in our faces and more hopes and dreams crushed and people wonder why veterans get depressed or angry.

  40. Rhea Duvall    

    Any update yet on 100% disabled veteran caregiver being allowed to fly with this totally disabled veteran?

  41. Rhea Duvall    

    Any update on 100% disabled caregiver/attendant allowed with helpless veteran yet?

    1. Bart Sliger    

      Hello Sgt Ferguson,
      First you request letter from The VA stating commissary and MWR privileges, then take said letter, state issued ID and your DD214 to any military base that issues ID cards. Go to the pass and ID office to receive your DD2765 ID card. Dependent must have marriage license, state ID and children must have birth certificate to receive their military dependent ID. I hope this helps.

  42. David A Ferguson Sr    

    Thank Our Country for this opportunity to occasionally fly when needed. I am a 100% total and permanently disabled Viet Nam combat Vet with an interest. How do I apply for a DD2765? Thank you in advance for your assistance.

    Sgt Dave Ferguson USMC

    1. ARNIE ROMERO    

      I am 100% disabled. How can I get a DD2765 FORM?

    2. o luster    

      Sir,
      just go to your local military installation ID Card section and make sure you take your paperwork stating your 100% total and permanent status and they will issue you a tan military ID Card, those cards are indefinite so you do not have to worry about getting another card.

    3. Brian Hopps    

      Most cities have armories where you can walk in with your VA letter proving that you’re a service connected 100% disabled vet, and in about a half hour walk out with your photo ID DD2765 card. I got mine without an appointment, and have used it 3 times since 2014 to take my daughter, son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren to DisneyWorld. The discount rates for Disney with this ID are incredible for park tickets, hotels, and other Disney related venues, in many cases 50% and more.

    4. Sgt. Terry Thornock    

      Thank you for your Vietnam Combat Service Sgt Ferguson!!!!

      I am a 100% Total & Permanent Disabled Veteran of the USAF and Above Knee Amputee and yes, I had it much easier than you!!! I decided a long time ago I would thank every Vietnam Veteran I met. I’m very grateful for all you did and I’m glad you made it home. I wish they would have treated you guys better when you got home!!!!

    5. Bart Sliger    

      Hello Sgt Ferguson,
      First you request letter from The VA stating commissary and MWR privileges, then take said letter, state issued ID and your DD214 to any military base that issues ID cards. Go to the pass and ID office to receive your DD2765 ID card. Dependent must have marriage license, state ID and children must have birth certificate to receive their military dependent ID. I hope this helps.

    6. Candido Vendrell    

      Do you have your TAN color Military ID. You can go to the nerest military instalation with your VA letter that you can print from VA.gov and take it to DEERS.

    7. Edward Huerta    

      Take your DD 214 and your eligibility paperwork from the VA to the nearest installation that issues military ID cards.

  43. Michael crumity    

    I’m disabled for a reason. I can’t travel alone. Gee, thanks for nothing!

    1. John Montgomery    

      Have faith Brother, they are working on as hard as they. You know the government hurry-up and wait for m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m
      I’m Viet Nam vet as well at a 100%

      WELCOME HOME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

    2. Brian Davidson    

      Did you reach out to AMC and see if there’s some sort of pass for a caregiver? Or maybe write your congressman about adding an addendum to this new privilege. Probably not, it’s a lot easier to complain.

  44. Patrick Dorr    

    Thank you, this is a service that I am truly thankful for!

  45. james    

    Now Congress can waste more time passing a law to fix what they screwed up the first time.

  46. WE Bank    

    I am a 230% Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran my Wife and I both have the DD Form 2765 Tan ID Card just wanted to be sure, I assume that does also allow my Wife to travel Space A with me correct?

    1. Alan Lane    

      Good question, Mr. Bank. I’m 100% DAV. My wife and I also have DD 2765 IDs. Have you gotten a response to your question?
      Thanks

    2. Jim Sanders    

      I was told at Joint Base Charleston that my wife would not be allowed as dependents are not allowed on the flights. This needs to be changed.

  47. Steven D Avey    

    I am 100 % service connected & my son lives in Hi . Will I be eligible to get a flight there & back ?

  48. james Almodovar    

    I may be wrong on this matter, but we all serve to protect and preserve the integrity of this country and with all due respect to the all in this eligibility to mate this bill happen, we all deserve to use this privilege, not as a percentage factor but as service men and woman, we deserve better treatment in all of the aspect of the military matter, we sacrifice our lives as well as our family, and not by a percentage factor. I am requesting to re-evaluate this matter to all service members who are getting less than 100%, cause we all have given our 100% to this Nation. one more thing there are no flights leaving from Puerto Rico as indicated in this article

    1. Jim Hironimus    

      I spent 20 years active duty and retired. I have to pay for Tricare for my Wife. Many that have only served 2-4 years and are disabled get CHAMPVA free for their spouses . You get free VA help when you need it. You may or may not have some degree of disability ? You may or may not have served in Combat ? I did as a gunner on AC-130 Gunships during the Vietnam War. I won the DFC and the Air medal and 5 OLC’s. Some gave more then others. Why not give it to the guys that have the most awards , or spent the most time on active duty or most tours overseas , or have the biggest percentage of disability ?? Stupid question : they only have so much space. Can’t you understand that ??? Duh !!! That is why it is called Space A !!!! Quit your bitching, they do the best they can to be fair !!! And , yes, You are wrong on this matter !! Very Wrong !!

    2. Candido Vendrell    

      You need to check with the Borinquen Air Station located at old Air Force Reamy Base, They do fly out of Aguadilla Airport. However you must verify with them, or maybe wit HLS because the article stay Military Airgrafth or others. Aguadilla fall under others. I’m clarify, not an expert but had see other agences fly out.

  49. Dwight Anderson    

    This is great, however is it possible that the Vet can bring their mobility scooter with them?

    1. Dave Calhoun    

      https://www.amc.af.mil/Home/AMC-Travel-Site/AMC-Travel-FAQs/

      Question 11: I am a disabled veteran, with a retiree card (DD Form 2). Can I fly Space-A?

      Answer: Yes. However, there are certain restrictions you need to be aware of. If you require motorized assistance to move around, the current allowance is for mobility assistance equipment shall not to exceed 100 lbs. in weight.

  50. Dwight Anderson    

    This is great, however is it possibly for the Vet to bring their mobility scooter with them?

    1. Bart Sliger    

      Sorry, they allow two bags 70 pounds with dimension limits. No mobility equipment allowed. It is of note, you must be able to climb stairs for most flights too. Also, no open toed or open heeled shoes on military aircraft.

  51. Stanley J. Petrowski    

    I am an old Vietnam war veteran. I have my VA card but it doesn’t have DD Form 2765 printed on it. Are they the same thing?

    1. S. Taube    

      The card they are talking about is the card you get when Permanent and Totally Disabled. Normally you have to go to a an aremd services base that issues ID cards.

    2. R S    

      No they are not.

    3. Kerry Good    

      Hi Stanley I’m Vietnam Army Infantryman & I know with my VA Card I still had to go onto nearest Military Base to get me & my wife the TAN(colored card) which is DD Form 2765. Hope that helps you, Kerry Good.

    4. o luster    

      Unfortunately no Sir, they are not the same. IF you are 100%total and permanent disabled then you would go to a military installation and get issued a tan ID Card that is indefinite. It looks like the same ID cards the dependents are issued.

    5. Brian Hopps    

      No. The DD2765 is a photo ID card that shows you are a service connected 100% totally and permanently disabled vet. It is issued through the Department of Defense, not the VA.

    6. Dave Calhoun    

      No, a VA card and DD Form 2765 are not the same… If you are a 100% Service connected T&P Disabled Vet you should be able to take your award letter to your nearest I.D. Card section and get a proper I.D.

      I took mine to the local USAR center in Nashville TN and they did mine and my wife & dependent daughter in a matter of about 45 minutes.

      I would call first to make sure you have the proper paperwork though.

      Good Luck

      Dave C.
      BNA

      PS: I actually initiated a Congressional Inquiry about flying Space-A about 2 years ago… I AM SOOOoooo glad they finally got this passed! Praise Jesus! 🙂

      Yes, I said it… Praise Jesus! lol

    7. Terry Thornock    

      Thank you for your Vietnam Combat Service Stanley J. Petrowski!!!! Just curious about your comment….

      We’re you saying….
      A. The Vietnam War is old.
      B. You are an old Veteran.
      C. Both A. and B.

      I pick C., and I’m very grateful for all you did and I’m very glad you made it back home!!!!
      I really hope they let us take our caregivers on the Space A flights!!!!

    8. Bart Sliger    

      No… First you request letter from The VA stating commissary and MWR privileges, then take said letter, state issued ID and your DD214 to any military base that issues ID cards. Go to the pass and ID office to receive your DD2765 ID card. Dependent must have marriage license, state ID and children must have birth certificate to receive their military dependent ID. I hope this helps.

    9. Edward Huerta    

      DD Form 2765 is a picture ID that gives you base privileges, PX, Commissary, MWR. All you have to do is take your DD 214 and your eligibility paperwork from VA to the nearest installation that issues ID cards.

  52. Samuel Lee Armstrong    

    Is the 100 % Disabled veteran’s caregiver allowed to accompany them on this flight? Otherwise most 100 % disabled veterans would not be capable of traveling alone. I would like to have a contact number…

    1. Dave Calhoun    

      Question 22: I am a disabled retiree or dependent (Other Than 100% Disabled Veteran), can I have a brother, sister, or friend accompany me to help me?

      Answer: The only persons permitted to accompany you are your spouse, dependents or other persons eligible for Space-A travel. Every effort shall be made to transport passengers with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to travel. In some instances, however not required, Passenger Service personnel and Crew Members may provide assistance in boarding, seating, and deplaning passengers with special needs. NOTE: Current Space-A Privileges do not extend to 100% Disabled Veteran’s Spouse or Dependents.

      https://www.amc.af.mil/Contact-Us/

  53. Sheryl Labree    

    We think that the veterans spouse’s of 100% should have “all the same benefits as the veteran” should have and we mean all of it we put up with a lot of stuff as the veteran it might not be the same as what the veteran went through but we go through a lot even after the veteran comes home we still are there for them physically and mentally before and after we took our vows just like they took their military oath.

    1. Kathleen Travis    

      I agree with the FUBAR on the companion. My husband was 100% SCD. He was blind as well as partially mobility impaired. He would never have felt comfortable flying alone, not knowing when/if/where I would have been able to meet up with him. As to your comment “Why group the 100% disabled veterans with retirees? Totally screwed up! They should be placed behind the retirees and not compete for space available seats.” are you saying that someone who gave 100% (or more) of some part of themselves and their lives should not be equal to a retiree? I truly respect long service, I have had many retirees in my family, but to consider them above the DAVs is quite narrow minded.

  54. Fred Matchem    

    Why are they requiring a DD 2765 (Tan card) ? I have VA letter stating full & permanent along with retirement ID (Green).

    1. o luster    

      Sir,
      if you have you retired you will just need your blue ID Card to board space A flights, you would not need a tan ID card

    2. Dave Calhoun    

      Fred, if you are a “Retiree” you already can fly Space-A using your Retiree I.D. Card

      This is for the vets who are medically discharged and have a rating of 100% T&P Disabled.

    3. Bart Sliger    

      They require the new DD2765 or the blue card

    4. Bart Sliger    

      Just take your old card to a pass and ID office for exchange. You are in the DEERS system so so your old ID is all you need. Of note, the AMC also requires the new tan card with a military ID number. The ones with a social security number will not work.

    5. Michael J Caudill    

      It’s easy to get one, just go down to your local base and it takes a few minutes. It gets you fully in the system

    6. James F Roeder    

      Fred, you are confusing the issue, which I understand. The bill refers only to NON RETIREES. If you have a retired ID card, blue, then you already have this privilege. This applies to Veterans who did NOT retire from the military (either from longevity or disability) and are rated 100% Permanent and Total. Most 100% P&T vets already have the TAN ID card.
      However there are some who have not yet applied. Hence the instruction to apply..

    7. Candido Vendrell    

      If you are retired with 20 or more years of service you are alredy a qualify costomer due to your service. The article talks about 100% Disable Veterand whom did not retire due to time in service. This privalage was part of your benefit as a retiree. Space A was, Not an extendet it benefit for Disable Veterans prior to this new law.

  55. John O'Bryon    

    Nothing is perfect and those who can’t travel alone may be upset but for many 100 percenters this is a very nice deal. Thank you.

  56. Dick Gizinya    

    To be clear, all (100%) vets with any permanent disability rating are eligible?

  57. John Swonger    

    Oh yeah, forgot to add that the VA sucks and isn’t getting any better at all. Suicides are happening daily yet most of you worry about free freaking flights. How pathetic. I pray if you have the opportunity to retire that you’re not treated like we are. But let’s be real, the VA DOES NOT care about your personal wellbeing.

    1. ANTHONY SPERDUTO    

      Your comments are invalid. I have been in the VA System since 1988 and have had nothing but the best of care. Yes, there are hiccups, just like with the private sector but we have access to the care we need. On one point you made about veteran suicides, that is accurate and sad to say happens also in the private sector.

      I worked with the homeless and within the SSVF Program (Supportive Services for Veterans and their Families) through St. Vincent De Paul and Catholic Charities in St. Petersburg, FL. There are so many programs available to help Veterans but the veteran needs to seek them out or go to programs hosted and get lists of what is available.

      Most veterans I met or worked with always gave back to society, yet I also met several that expect everything handed to them. Be thankful for the services available, volunteer and work among fellow veterans and their families, reach outside of yourself and give back to help another.

      Mike, as with your last statement, the VA as well as the private sector does care and try to help but it is not perfect. I respect your voice, but disagree with your statement the VA sucks. They help thousands upon thousands each year. The few fellow veterans that take their lives in most cases are not the blame of the VA. A few cases due to delays may be the case, but not overall.

      Respectfully,

      A. Sperduto

    2. Bart Sliger    

      I am 100% permanent and total. I have been using the VA for 18 years and they have treated me well. I am so sorry you have had a bad experience…

  58. Frank Pizzo    

    Most 100% can afford price of ticket why only the 100%a

    1. Jason Scott    

      Wow…that’s a terrible outlook! I have had not one issue with the VA and they have done all that they said they would do to take care of me. Unfortunately, you are not going to completely stop suicides. The very best you can do is help a Veteran to make a smarter choice by showing them their worth, even then it is ultimately up to them. The VAs job is not to watch what we do 100% of the time. They are here to assist us.

    2. Spero Spanios    

      I’ve received outstanding and life-saving treatment from VA hospital, Columbia MO.

  59. John Swonger    

    Brilliant idea how these organizations allow ONLY the disabled veteran but not their spouses. Why in the world would I travel alone anywhere when I practically live in my basement due to my condition? Another joke of a program that caters to the active duty/reserves. America clearly doesn’t give two shits about veterans and retirees. Prove me wrong, I’ll be patiently waiting.

    Retired Navy
    100% disability

    1. Bart Sliger    

      The program works for me, but, I do see how it won’t work for all 100%ers. Sorry…

    2. James F Roeder    

      John, a retired veteran, either longevity or disability, who has a retired ID, blue card, then the spouse CAN fly with the retiree. The TAN ID card mentioned in the article applies only to veterans who are NOT military retirees. The TAN ID card is the same as the one issued to dependants of Active Duty and Retirees.

    3. Avg asshole    

      This sounds like the John swogner from OK you should probably stay in the basement you whining ass.

      The better question is why your wife would travel with you?!

  60. Lawrence Goldman    

    Can an aide or caregiver be also granted a seat because some of us are not self-sufficient.

    1. William Carlton    

      I am Retired Army and 100% can my wife fly?

  61. William Sampson    

    Very nice, and thank you very much, BUT….my wife has other feelings (ya you are welcome to fly but your wife can’t go with you). Just one more benefit that I am unable to use. All the restrictions attached to the wonderful benefits, very disappointing .

  62. Larry Johnson    

    Spouse / caregiver should also be allowed!! It’s been a long time coming!!

    1. Jim Dickey    

      Amen. Almost useless for 100% disabled vet to have to try to travel alone! Whew, flying is tough on old beat up body.

  63. J.P    

    This is a great thing for vetrans however
    retirees should not be in the same group.
    Retirees should be in a preferred group, not
    as they severed 20 or 30 years of service.

    Once again it a great thing for combat disabled
    Veterans.

    1. Bart Sliger    

      How do you find 100% disabled veteran who gave body parts or scummed to terrible illness in service to his country is any less than a twenty year veteran who who never used a band-aid in service to his country….???

  64. Francisco J Ribot    

    I will like to have more information about the fly.
    Thanks

    1. Bart Sliger    

      See AMC site for full info

  65. PEDRO OCASIO PINEIRO    

    I will like to enroll in this program.

  66. Jerry Schuster    

    Fly to a vacation spot without my wife? You have got to be kidding. An advantage for the single person, but not for married.

    1. Kim Seely    

      Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

      1. Robert Broad    

        I found this to be an advantage for married people also. There are times when it is nice to get away from the spouse

    2. Norval    

      I’m in the same situation and I figure 1/2 price is still a considerable savings…

    3. John Maier    

      You really mean to tell me that the wife cannot go with me? Just whom is going to push my wheel chair?

    4. Jason Scott    

      An advantage none the less.

  67. CLIFFORD WEBER    

    I am 100% and am I and my wife eligible?
    How do I sign up?

    1. Debbie Burrows    

      When I flew space A on active duty you just contact whatever air terminal you want to fly out of. You’ll need you ID card showing you are disabled vet. Not the VA card.

    2. Francisco J Ribot    

      I will like to have more information about this program.
      Thank

    3. Wade Phillips    

      Read the article. Dependents NOT eligible.

  68. Clarence Pritchett, III    

    As a 100% disabled Vietnam Veteran, I would like access to this program.

    1. Bart Sliger    

      See the AMC site for full info

  69. Jeanne Reid    

    Is the 100 % Disabled veteran’s caregiver allowed to accompany them on this flight? Otherwise most 100 % disabled veterans would not be capable of traveling alone. For example, ALS patients. Thank you, I will look for your reply.

    1. Robert Duke Fry    

      Not very useful to me if my wife who is by the way a Gold Star Family Sister has to take a Commercial flight, thanks for a useless benefit.

  70. gary mcintyre sr    

    iam 80% disabled ,but get 100% paid for not being able to work. would i be able to fly on this
    gary mcintyre sr. b/d 6-29-46
    cindyandgary@sbcglobal.net
    safari

    1. o luster    

      Unfortunately from what I have heard, even though you are getting paid for UI at 100%, your overall disability rate is only 80% so, therefore, you would only be eligible to use the commissary and PX/Exchange because I believe your ID Card is red with an expiration date, not the tan ID card that’s indefinite, so the Space-A benefits would not apply to you.

    2. Miguel Marrero    

      I have the same question

  71. David J Honeycutt    

    Too bad they do not include Europe or Korea but I understand restrictions and possible problems with outside entities. Not complaining, it has been way too long b4 this has come to fruition. I have been asking about it for over 20 years and made several inquiries with my D.A.V. Chapter and S.E.C. Wow, where to go First ??? Thanks Y’all

  72. Mark    

    Seems that now it’s finally passed how many years will it take for the VA and DOD to realize maybe a 100% disabled Veteran just may need a travel companion. Common sense people, really.

  73. Kevin Bucy    

    I’m a 100% permanent service disabled Veteran. What good does Space-A flights do for me if my caregiver/wife can’t fly with me?

    1. Bart Sliger    

      Save money, send her commercial and you fly Space-A flights. They have a medic on every flight who can see to your needs…

  74. Scott Kirby    

    This is totally awesome!!! Our service, men and women, disabled or not, who put their lives in harm’s way for our country deserve this benefit and more.

    Cheers to our Government

  75. Joanne Bailey    

    Can dependents fly with Retired Military personnel?

    1. Kim Seely    

      It’s nice to see some one appreciate this gift instead of complain about it!

    2. Bart Sliger    

      Joanne, if the sponsor has a Blue retired card, dependents may travel, but, only with the sponsor. Not alone…

    3. James F Roeder    

      I googled and the site said WIVES can fly space A in the CONUS. It was not clear about Hawaii though

  76. James Franklin Cessna    

    This comment pertains to the above article concerning free military flights for 100% Service Connected Permanent Disabled Veterans. Many of these Veterans receive aid and attendance from VA because they cannot function safely alone. The article specifically states these free flights are for the Veteran only which will prohibit many of these Veterans from traveling because of the need for their caregiver to be present. In my case, my spouse is my caregiver and I receive aid and attendance funds monthly because of my service connected disabilities. I am sure that this policy will eliminate many other 100% Service Connected Veterans who are permanently disabled.

    1. T. Keeton    

      Could really use some advice getting A/A. I went through the local veterans affairs service officer for help in filing the paperwork. He “promised” I would be approved because of my circumstances and reviewed the paperwork before I mailed it to the VA. It came back quickly as denied….

  77. Christopher Beaman    

    This is pretty much a joke, given how the va rates disability. 100% is near impossible to get unless you can’t move on your own.

    1. David Amos    

      That is incorrect Christopher. You may to appeal a few times but my 100% rating was from removal of colon with Crohn’s. I’m working part time also. USMC had MAC flights in the 1990s my MSgt use to tell me about them. I would have able to take space A flight in 2011 from Lincoln, NE with my wife. It would have been to Edmindorf AFB (I know i mispelled that) for 10 days but my wife didnt want to go since we only got 3 days notice before trip. Most of the time you get little to no notice for these trips. So planning would have been minimal. Take care. Semper fi

    2. james Almodovar    

      read my comment, let me know

  78. Nancy J Ricany    

    Hope they are a bit more reliable than the doctors at the VA, I wont hold my breath.

    1. SG Pedrazzi    

      The good news is the VA doesn’t run the Department of Defense who actually run the Space Available program, own/contract the aircraft, and the people making it all happen are active duty & reserve service members, DoD civilians (many of whom are fellow Veterans). So please, do not call the terminals complaining about the VA because they don’t make the rules … That would be your United States Congress. They seem kind of preoccupied lately and tend to put off the big issues that concern us all. So no, the VA and it’s doctors abilities have nothing to with this program.

  79. David Bebout    

    Can we take our minor kids with us and if so what do we need?

  80. David Bebout    

    Can we take our minor kids with us and if so how?

  81. Carla DeJesus    

    Thanks from Carla B DeJesus for this privileged information for the 100 disabled Veterans.

  82. Dominic J Vitaliano    

    Steven,
    Thanks for letting the vets know about this. One question. Does the 100% disability also allow the vet full access to military BX/PX and Commissary stores on the bases? Thanks.
    Dominic,

    1. Josh Hardy    

      Hi, everyone.
      Please remember that it is Congress and not the VA or DOD that added this eligibility. If you want a companion to fly for free, call your representatives.

      The DD 2765 that you’ll need to get to fly also gets you Exchange, MWR, and Commissary privileges. It looks like the old military IDs but orange.

    2. Monnie Taylor Kechter    

      Yes, 100% permanent and total are eligible for commissary and PX/BX/Exchange benefits . You can get an ID card made at your nearest base

    3. Rocky    

      Hey Dominic, yes it does give you access, you just need to go by personnel to get an ID card and get your info into DEERS.

    4. o luster    

      yes it does as long as you have your tan ID Card

    5. Brian Woods    

      If you are 100% sevice connected disabled you can get a letter from VA and take it to nearest military facility to get your ID card along with your family. Everybody can get photo taken for their military ID. That ID gives you access to base and the PX, Commissary etc…
      Good Luck, Semper Fi

  83. Farrah Woods    

    Can dependents fly with veteran at cost?

  84. GARY PIFER    

    Yeah…but many are too disabled to fly by themselves ….so without caregiver escourt the benefit is worthless….

  85. Steve Hudson    

    Most Vets with 100% P&T need and have caregivers including spouses that assist the veterans mobility. most cannot travel alone. so it is still of no or very little use to most 100% vet who travels.

  86. Geok Hwa Madewell    

    When can 100% DAV fly Space A to overseas for free?

  87. Jay Sallinen    

    I myself believe ALL veterans of a conflict in which life’s were lost should receive Free Health care,car insurance and registration and housing for the remainder of there life. But this is a start in that direction!

    1. Anthony Conlon    

      Dang Jay, that’s asking a heck of a lot from our country. So EVERY veteran that was involved in a conflict in which lives were lost should receive free healthcare, car insurance, free registration and free housing for their entire life? I’m guessing you’re a supporter of AOC, as well? Free Healthcare for a retiree or 100% disabled vet is the only thing that makes sense. I served my 21 years for this country out of a sense of duty, not for what I can get from the taxpayers for the rest of my life. I’m rated 100% disabled but I can’t see how I earned all those freebies that you mentioned. “Ask not what your country can do for you…”

  88. David E Peterson    

    This is excellent. To make it better spouses should be allowed to travel with veteran.

  89. Darryl Mclaurin    

    Grateful. Finally it makes sense. However I just stumbled apon this info. Most Veterans don’t know it’s available. Thank you again grateful.

  90. Francis x de Bourbon    

    As I understand it, my wife, who is my caregiver, would not be allowed to fly with me is that right ? Thanks anyway, it’s still a very kind offer for those who can use your offer to fly Space-A flights. Sincerely Francis X de Bourbon USMC

  91. Joaquin Bolanos    

    Why the wife’s of a disabled veteran can’t flight space A on MAC flights

  92. Isaac Wright Jr    

    I’m a 100% disable Veteran and would love to travel to SPACE!!!!!

  93. Adolph Mitchell    

    Thanks for the news about Space A travel for 100% disabled Vets. My question is this: Will Disabled Vets who 100% includes unempolyability also be eligible? Please advise.
    Thanks.

  94. charles piquard    

    I would like more information on the A Flight I live in Carbondale Illinois not near a major airport.

  95. Tanglyn Bolton    

    This is excellent news. I look forward to using Soace-Available Travel in the future.

  96. Wade Fisher    

    It’s kinda hard for 100% Disabled veterans to catch a space A flight without having help from their spouses. Are retired veterans spouses allowed Space A?

  97. Elizabeth Vernon    

    I am not clear whether surviving spouses of recognised Agent Orange deaths can fly Space A.

  98. Walter Hooker    

    So I’m 100% disabled and also a retiree, do I need special paperwork for space A travel, and is my wife eligible to fly with me?

    1. Bart Sliger    

      If you have the blue ID card your wife can travel with you but only with you.

  99. Kirby J Hammond    

    I am a combat veteran 1965-66, Vietnam, Big Red One. 90% combat related. Anyway you can take me to 100% or make 90% work?

    1. Brian Hopps    

      I wish I had better news for you, but nothing short of 100% will qualify you for the DD2765 ID. I’m also Big Red One, 1967-68 Vietnam combat vet with a 100% service related disability. I have the card and it’s worth going after for many different benefits, PX, commisary, etc. I would urge you to try to appeal your 90% rating to get it upgraded to 100%. Good luck brother.

    2. Jim Sanders    

      Welcome Home Kirby. Big Red One, Lai Khe 68-69

  100. Haunani Pieper    

    Terrific! 2nd 17th Artillery 1st Cav 66-67.

  101. Jim swisher    

    I have no used space A in 35 years. ACTDU then. Fee was $10. Still healthy retired. What is fee for us now?

    1. Bart Sliger    

      zero unless they serve food on the aircraft…

  102. Harriet Schmidt    

    I was excited to read this. It’s a shame that they have no provision for a companion to travel with the disabled vet because most 100% disabled vets would prefer to travel with someone.

  103. David Kane    

    As a United States Armed Forces Disabled Veterans I’m very grateful to God for allowing doors to be open for much needed help and support from Congress and Veterans Affairs Administration Officials to have new policies and procedures to be implemented for all United States Armed Forces Personnel., Active Duty, Inactive Duty, Disabled Veterans, and Retired Military Veterans. This U.S. Constitution has come along way to Honor the United States Armed Forces Veterans. Amen.

  104. Noeme Maria B. Romano    

    My grateful thanks. I’m a spouse survivor of a 100% disabled veteran. I’m happy to hear your news… Hopefully could be given a chance to fly with the Space A, to which I read and understand dependents are not eligible for. I’m leaving now in the Philippines. Thank you so much.
    God Bless America !

  105. Robert Gift    

    It is a joke the way this is for 100% disabled veterans. I do need assistance because of being blind in one eye and only partial vision in the other. So my wife cannot fly with me so who assists me. I am also a diabetic, and partially paralyzed down the right from the waist down. This is ****** up and I am not the only one that needs assistance. Just another joke from DOD. Take this and shove it because it does not do any good for a lot of disabled veterans.

  106. Robert Gift    

    It is a joke the way this is for 100% disabled veterans. I do need assistance because of being blind in one eye and only partial vision in the other. So my wife cannot fly with me so who assists me. I am also a diabetic, and partially paralyzed down the right from the waist down. This is ****** up and I am not the only one that needs assistance. Just another joke from DOD. Take this and shove it because it does not do any good for a lot of disabled veterans.

  107. RAYMOND J BRENNAN JR    

    This sounds exciting. I am anxious to learn more about the program availabity for Rhode Island.
    Thank you

  108. David    

    What about spouses ?

  109. STEPHEN LEE KEARNEY    

    “Dependents of disabled Veterans are not eligible for Space -A travel.” THIS make no sense at all. I am not a disable veteran, but a veteran of both the US Navy (E-5 AW aircrewman VS-38; S-2), and the USAF (O-3 C-141 & C-130 FEN).
    Granted there are some 100% disabled Veterans who are ambulatory, but the majority of the 100% disabled Veterans require some level of assistance. So who’s to blame, the VA or the most un-qualified Naval Academy graduate to ever wear the Golden Wings, for whom this Defense Authorization Act is named after?

    1. Anthony Conlon    

      Well said Steven, when it came to that last sentence! Don’t blame the VA for this one.

    2. Bart Sliger    

      Now I know why he crashed his plane…

  110. Leo Cantu    

    The Space-A flight eligibility for 100% P&T disabled veterans was originally suppose to include dependents. Due to my lost eye and poor vision in the other eye, this is a worthless benefit without my spouse to drive once we get to our destination. Again, another benefit screwed up by politicians and senior military staff. Let’s get excited when spouses are included.

  111. James Newsom    

    Btalon23@aol.com – Steven I’m 100% but can my
    wife fly with me?

  112. Ryan Zahn    

    Defendants should be eligible too.

    1. Bart Sliger    

      Call you congress person

  113. robert E lee    

    Why do retirees in Japan have to be sofa sponsored to get a space a flight?

  114. Leonard Buge'y Sr USMC    

    I understand that; Dependents of disabled Veterans are not eligible for Space-A travel. However, my wife cares for all my needs and then some. How am I supposed to travel Space-A by myself ? I use an electric wheelchair due to my weakened legs (Agent Orange) and unable to walk much without her assistance. Please advise. Thank you in advance.

  115. Dave    

    Nice progress, but not allowing dependents to travel along with them is extremely limiting in many cases, as some 100% disabled veterans may need their spouse’s assistance when traveling.

  116. Steven A Nihipali    

    problem is, veterans need to be TnP to be eligible. Something the military won’t do.

  117. Jose Rodriguez    

    So a person that’s 100% disabled cannot bring there family with them so what’s the point. Only a military with 20 longevity retirement is eligible?
    Nice thanks but does not help everyone unless your going solo.

  118. Richard G Cleary    

    How do I get a form to fill out for the disabled veteran and the space available program?

  119. Barbara Wyatt    

    I am very happy for the 100% disabled veterans who are capable of traveling ALONE.
    My husband was a 100% disabled veteran who would have needed my assistance to travel.
    I am VERY SAD for all of the 100% disabled veterans who will not be able to utilize this benefit because their primary caretakers, their dependents, cannot travel Space-A with them.
    As his surviving, unremarried spouse, my quality of life and finances would greatly benefit from the Space-A Program.
    I know first hand just how much the families of 100% disabled veterans need such an opportunity…during the life of their beloved veteran and thereafter.

    1. Kathleen Travis    

      Especially thereafter…

  120. David B. Weisenburg    

    This is really awesome however being married I would not take advantage of this do to families do not count. They served as well rather people want to admit it or not.

  121. Deborah    

    This is not exactly true. I tried to use Space A. I was told that I would have to walk onto the plane. I am wheelchair-bound. When I said I’d be willing to crawl onto the plane, or anything else to get there, I was told “no”. So, if you are 100% service-connected and in a wheelchair, you are not welcome on Space A.

  122. Thomas Evans    

    Steven,
    Thanks for the information on the law change. One correction to your article is needed in the first line. “When congress signed…” Congress doesn’t sign legislation into law, it passes bills that when signed by the President become law. A small but very important distinction.

    Best Regards,
    Tom Evans
    COL (Ret)
    U.S Army

  123. Kirk A. Phillips    

    Available flights at Stewart international airport NY ?

  124. Paul Mercy    

    Is there any discounts for veterans that have less than 100% disability but more than 50%?

  125. Larry Crane    

    The VA has been good to me many benifits. This just raises my respect for their aid to all Disabled Vets. Larry Crane, lawrencecrane870@yahoo.com

  126. Rhiannon    

    Does this require DOD 100% rating. The DD Form 2765 requirement would seem to indicate that the VA rating and blue TDRL/PDRL ID wouldn’t be accepted for flights.

  127. Laura l Laureano    

    Wow. Have not been this excited for over 20yrs. I traveled once on a mac flight to Hawaii. What a priviledge. Go A.F.

  128. Leonard Robinson    

    Am I to understand that myself and my spouse can fly space-A. I am 100% disabled and do have an ID card. We are both retired.

  129. Rhiannon    

    Does this require DOD 100% disability rating? That’s what the DD Form 2765 requirement would seem to indicate.

  130. Paula Jorda    

    Sounds great but what about the spouses/significant others that take care of these disabled veterans?

  131. Robert D. Watts    

    Outstanding! It’s about time for us 100% DAC retirees.

  132. Daniel Gray    

    Um you DO know that you have been able to do this for over 20 years….right? And you also probably think this is a breaking news item…when you are on Vaca and you go past a military base….call them and ask for Space Available. If they have a room at the BOC or Officers Quarters they let retired Military members have it for $10. a night. A far cry from the 120. a night for Motels.

    1. Bart Sliger    

      You do know this is about flights and not motels?

  133. Jeffrey Gold    

    My wife is my caregiver. I am totally disabled with Ms and Cidp. Does my wife have any options for flying with me if I would fly?

    1. Bart Sliger    

      Only option is to call your congress person and try to get the law changed. If you are in a wheel chair forget it, you can’t go space-a

  134. Joe E. Gaines    

    Can you fly to Alaska and check in my rifle?

  135. Mike    

    This is great news, a little late, but great news.

  136. Ed tessaro    

    As a 100% disabled VET, I require a caretaker to travel by air. My wife is that person. Do the rules mean she can’t fly with me?

  137. William P Blanchard    

    Why are Disabled Vets Dependants not included?

  138. David Barnette    

    Does my spouse qualify if I am 100%?

  139. rod smith    

    im confused…..is it all veterens with a disibilty rating or only those with a “100%” disibility rating?? For example I currently have a 60% rating from the VA. Thank you!!

  140. Glynis J. Fenn    

    The availability of Space-A travel for veterans who are 100% disabled is great. However, my husband is 100% disabled, with a traumatic brain injury. There’s no way he could travel alone. But as a dependent spouse, I can’t travel with him. So what good is this to us? Provisions must be made to allow one caregiver/dependent to travel with a veteran who is 100% disabled.

    1. Ralph howe    

      This is good for almost nobody.
      How many vets want to travel alone?

  141. William Bonner Grubbs, Jr    

    Is there anyone in VA working to make it possible for your spouse to fly space available with 100% disabled veteran

  142. Noel Dizon    

    Do we have space A flights here in the Philippines?

    1. Larry Blankenship    

      No there is nothing going into the Philippines. Bases long gone. You could get either a hop to Kadena AFB or Osan AFB and then fly commercial to Manila or Cebu.

  143. Josh Ya    

    Nice, but if I can’t take my wife it’s worthless. I would even pay her way.

    1. Bart Sliger    

      maybe you can get her in a pet carrier?

  144. William Marko    

    I have a 50% disability and my eligible for these flights

    1. Bart Sliger    

      not even close, sorry

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