5 things veterans need to know about flying Space-A

Matt Saintsing
August 16, 2018 - 1:04 pm

Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nathan Clark

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Well, it’s official. Veterans with a 100 percent VA disability rating can now fly aboard military space-available flights. 

And with newer regulations, guidance has to follow. Here’s what veterans need to know about flying Space-A, according to the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command: 

1.)    It’s already law and policy. The provision in question, Section 624 of The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, has no implementation date. So, when President Trump signed the bill at a ceremony at Fort Drum, N.Y Monday, it immediately went into effect. 

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2.)    It’s not for everyone. Eligibility is restricted to veterans with a “permanent service-connected disability rated as total.” Meaning, only those who have a VA disability rating of 100 percent are eligible. 

3.)    There are limits to where you can go. If you’re looking to travel internationally, you may have to pay for a commercial flight, as Space-A flights for these vets is restricted to the continental United States (CONUS) or directly between CONUS origins and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. 

4.)    It’s not a guarantee. As with anything Space-A, veterans are only eligible to “compete” for travel. If all space-required passengers and cargo have been accommodated, then space-a travel is allowed “on a non-interference basis.” 

5.)    Documents. Veterans with a 100 percent VA disability rating must have a DD Form 2765, the Department of Defense/Uniformed Services Identification. It’s unclear if you need it to fly, but it’s better to have a copy on you. 

If you’re a veteran who has used this new benefit, we’d love to hear from you. Email me at [email protected]. Happy traveling! 

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