Tucked away into annual Defense authorization legislation is a benefit veterans with a 100 percent disability rating can cash in on, flying Space-Available aboard military aircraft.
Veterans with a permanent and total service-connected VA disability rating are permitted to compete for available seats on military aircraft, thanks to the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.
Those who sign up will be assigned a travel priority of Category six, which is the lowest rating, along with military retirees. Before the law went into effect, military retirees and their dependents were the only veterans eligible to throw their hat in the ring to try to get a seat.
However, dependents and family members of 100 percent disabled veterans won’t be able to accompany them.
Qualifying veterans can travel anywhere in the continental United States (CONUS) or directly between CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. All you need is a DD Form 2765, the tan colored Defense Department ID card to fly Space-A.
When it comes to luggage, these vets can bring up to two pieces at 70 pounds each. Pets, unfortunately, are not allowed, so leave your furry friends at home.
And it looks like the Space-A program will join the rest of us in the 21st century as veterans no longer have to show up in person hoping to catch a ride. Air Mobility Command allows vets to register for flights by sending an email. All Space-A terminals have social media pages where you can check out which flights are near and where they fly.