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Bill sponsored by Gabbard is signed by Obama

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:57 a.m. HST, Aug 10, 2013

President Barack Obama signed into law a bill making it easier for wounded or disabled members of the military and veterans to get through airport security screening.

Obama signed the bill Friday, a week after it received final approval in the House. The measure requires the Defense Department and Veterans Affairs to work with the Transportation Security Administration on a new protocol.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-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.

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Anonymous wrote:
Great legislation for protecting the dignity and privacy of our wounded veterans - it's too bad the TSA has to be reigned in with Congressional legislation rather than just common sense.
on August 10,2013 | 02:49AM
First-Responder wrote:
Could it be that we sent a real legislator to Congress? Rep. Gabbard is good news for Hawaii and the nation. As a veteran myself, I thank you for YOUR service.
on August 10,2013 | 07:44AM
serious wrote:
If she wanted to make a name for herself, get a bill that gets Hawaii exempt from the Jones Act. but even for her it's too politically sensitive. Yes, the veteran's act is an easy sell. Apple pie and motherhood. But how is it going to work???
on August 10,2013 | 09:24AM
droid wrote:
If this “veteran’s act" was such an easy sell, it wouldn’t have required legislation to change protocol. TSA would have had it as policy from Day 1. Please get a clue!
on August 10,2013 | 09:46PM
allie wrote:
true...she may be our best hope for comeptence
on August 10,2013 | 09:38AM
Skyler wrote:
Glad to hear it. Our wounded veterans deserve the utmost care & this legislation serves them well. TSA is a nightmare for the disabled.
on August 10,2013 | 09:56AM
Toneyuki wrote:
TSA is a nightmare for everybody.
on August 10,2013 | 10:26AM
Anonymous wrote:
Agree on TSA. They suck.
on August 10,2013 | 11:42AM
poipoo wrote:
No kidding. One thing I found that helps is going to their web page and reading their rules on liquids, laptops, etc ahead of time. Knowing what they want and don't want is half the battle WTO get through unscathed (and un-groped.)
on August 10,2013 | 09:52PM
poipoo wrote:
Stupid iPad autocorrect.... That should read "is half the battle to get through..."
on August 10,2013 | 09:55PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Will she start legislation so everyone can be treated with dignity and respect by those TSA employees.
on August 10,2013 | 11:44AM
droid wrote:
Let’s hope so. Lobby her!
on August 10,2013 | 09:47PM
poipoo wrote:
That's a great start to her Congressional debut. Sensible and compadsionate piece of legislation for wounded vets signed into law. Well done!
on August 10,2013 | 09:59PM
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