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TSA Offers Passenger Support

With the onset of weather more favorable to travel and enjoying the outdoors, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued its usual reminders regarding TSA programs and services beneficial to travelers with disabilities and medical conditions.

The following information could also prove useful to blinded veterans and their families traveling to Jacksonville for the 72nd National Convention.

  • TSA Cares is a helpline for travelers with disabilities or medical conditions who wish to prepare for the screening process prior to flying. Travelers or their companions may call TSA Cares toll free at 855-787-2227 or email TSA-ContactCenter@tsa.dhs.gov. The hours of operation for the TSA Cares helpline are 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday-Friday and 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on weekends and holidays.
  • TSA Pre-Check is a screening program open to travelers with disabilities and medical conditions who volunteer information about themselves prior to flying. The program allows TSA to focus on passengers that the agency knows less about and those who are considered high-risk. Although Pre-Check is open to everyone, it may be particularly useful for veterans with mobility challenges.
  • A TSA.gov Landing Page contains information about the screening of disabilities or medical conditions. It can be accessed via the international icon on the page. TSA posts information that is developed specifically for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. Travelers can select a specific disability or medical condition at www.TSA.gov and learn how to prepare for security screening.
  • The TSA Disability Notification Card documents the disability or medical condition. The notification card can also be found at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures. It can be accompanied by other medical documentation.
  • TSA Technology Screenings or Pat-Down Procedures are sometimes troublesome to air travelers of all types. Learning more about these procedures can make them less threatening. Additional information is located at https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening.

VVMF Commemorates 35 Years Since Wall Groundbreaking

On the afternoon of March 26, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) hosted a 35th anniversary groundbreaking ceremony 50 years to the day of the actual groundbreaking on March 26, 1982. Brief remarks were offered by Jan Scruggs and Bob Doubek, both co-founders of VVMF. Scruggs was also a longtime president of VVMF while Doubek is a former executive director.

Commemorative events at The Wall are scheduled throughout 2017, highlighted by the reading of each of the Wall’s 58,307 names November 7-10, a special Veterans Day service November 11, and ceremonies on November 13 marking 35 years since the memorial’s dedication.

VVMF is seeking personal stories related to the groundbreaking and dedication events of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Stories can be shared at http://act.vvmf.org/35-years. If the stories are not directly about the groundbreaking and dedication, VVMF would still like the veterans and the general public to share their reflections and perspectives of the first time they heard about, saw, or visited the memorial.

Distance Learning Option Now Possible with Statler

The National Statler Center’s training for blind and visually impaired clients who seek career employment is now possible through a new distance learning program option.

“We have worked diligently for the last two years to prepare this program and feel that it will offer students who would not otherwise be able to attend onsite programs to still receive our highly regarded training and placement services,” said Coordinator of Admissions Elizabeth Hassett Schmidt.

The less expensive distance learning option runs in conjunction with regular onsite classes so that clients and counselors have the flexibility to choose the option that best fits their needs.

Statler has more than 600 graduates to date and boasts an 81.3 percent placement rate for graduates across the country.

Service Dog Legislation In House and Senate

The Puppies Assisting Wounded Servicemembers (PAWS) Act was reintroduced in early May in an effort to provide service dogs to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“Service dogs can provide support, peace, and joy to these Americans as they confront the invisible scars of war,” said Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), who reintroduced the bill with co-sponsor Cory Booker (D-NJ) after it stalled in the 114th Congress. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL-6) introduced the House version of the legislation.

Veterans with physical disabilities such as vision loss are already able to receive a service dog.

Women of the Armed Forces

by Warner Murray, New York Regional Group

Women of the military, we recognize you
In all branches of service, for many things you do.
A mother, sister, or daughter, or whoever it may be,
You fulfilled the mission on land, the air, and the sea.
Your excellent leadership solved many problems at hand,
Women intuition and knowledge can heal this land.
You have proven your abilities in more ways than one.
Your brilliance of mind is second to none.
Women of the military have truly passed the test.
Because of the women, this military is the best.

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