A1: The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was recently signed, which included a measure that will allow fully-disabled veterans the ability to utilize Space-Available travel.
Under the Disabled Veterans Access to Space-A Travel Act, veterans with a service-connected, permanent disability rating of 100 percent will be able to travel in the Continental United States or directly between the CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa (Guam and American Samoa travelers may transit Hawaii or Alaska); or traveling within Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands on flights operated by Air Mobility Command.
Prior to this authorization, only military retirees, meaning those with a blue DD Form 2, and current service members were entitled to this benefit. This particular piece of legislations was originally introduced by the House Veterans Affairs Committee in 2016.
According to lawmakers, this proposal will allow travel on Space-A at no additional cost to the Department of Defense and without aircraft modifications. Additionally, data from the Government Accountability Office noted that roughly 77 percent of space-available seats in 2011 were occupied by only 2.3 percent of the 8.4 million eligible individuals for the program.
Travelers should contact their local Passenger Terminal for further details and review travel information found on the AMC Travel Page for specific details on the Space A travel program.
Disabled veterans must have a DD Form 2765, Defense Department ID Card (Tan), in order to fly Space-A. (JB) 5/14/19
A2: I'm not sure where that idea came from. I worked in several executive positions with both domestic and international carriers, but never heard of that. You might be able to fly on military flights that way but not commercial airlines (unless one airline is boasting that privilege?). Check with sales on the airline you want to utilize. (EB) 5/14/19
A3: The only people are eligible are those who are 100 percent disable and or anyone who served 20 years or more and is retired. (DW) 5/14/19