VETERANS

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).”

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.

Eligible Veterans looking for flights should review schedules at AMC passenger terminals or go to https://www.amc.af.mil/Home/AMC-Travel-Site/AMC-Space-Available-Travel-Page/. 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, either at the terminal, or by email/fax. (Adapted from VA.gov)

The Amador County Veterans Service Office can complete the DMV Veteran Status Verification Form for the new California Veteran Designation on your driver’s license. Contact our office if you would like to receive periodic veteran’s information by email. There are many state and federal benefits and programs available to veterans and their dependents. To determine if you are eligible for any of these benefits, call or visit our office. We can and will assist you in completing all required application forms. You can get information on the Web from the Amador County Veterans Service Office webpage at www.amadorgov.org/services/veterans-services

Terry Sanders, retired Navy Senior Chief, is the Amador County Veterans Services Officer, (CVSO), located In American Legion Hall Post 108 on New Airport Road, Sutter Creek, CA. 209-223-6476. Send your questions to the Veterans Services Office, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA 95642; or email tsanders@amadorgov.org.