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Wounded and disabled service people and veterans will now have an easier time getting through airport security. The measure requires the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs to work with the Transportation Security Administration on a new protocol. Democratic congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, an Iraq war veteran, sponsored the bill, with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire leading the Senate effort. Gabbard says the law ensures troops can return to life at home as quickly and seamlessly as possible. She says veterans deserve dignified screening processes that respect their service and sacrifices.
Gabbard says the law ensures troops can return to life at home as quickly and seamlessly as possible. She says veterans deserve dignified screening processes that respect their service and sacrifices.
Introduced Mar 21, 2013
Referred to Committee Mar 21, 2013
Passed House May 21, 2013
Passed Senate with Changes Aug 01, 2013
House Agreed to Changes Aug 02, 2013
Signed by the President Aug 09, 2013
I'm sure my opinion is going to be highly unpopular, but I don't agree with this. Not at all.
Serving in the military doesn't elevate you over the rest of the population. Just because you signed up (and let's not pretend the majority join because of altruism) doesn't mean you are more valuable than anyone else in society or any less of a potential threat. Look at all the shootings perpetrated by former or active duty soldiers.
There are just as many crazies in the military as there are in any other profession. The outrage would be huge if these privileges were being afforded to cops or firefighters.
I'm not anti military, I'm anti feel good laws being passed that are a bad idea/BS if you actually look at them. So all of a sudden someone who is never going to see combat, has never seen combat and is flying to another state to work in the motor pool at a different base is now considered safer than a Grandmother flying to get treatment and her family.
Really if this was any other group ATS would be PISSED. If it was a politician you would be pissed. Cops, extremely pissed. Rich people, pretty pissed. In other countries if you have the money you get to bribe officials and bypass lines/screening. This is the same thing, except instead of money being the factor it votes and warm fuzzies.