LEGISLATION APPROVED FOR AMERICAN SAMOAN VETERANS TO USE MILITARY FLIGHTS

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 1, 1998 PIDP/CPIS/Ingrid)---The U.S. Senate has approved a legislative provision that will allow veterans residing in American Samoa to fly on space available military flights to Hawaii for medical appointments.

The legislation was brought to the attention of Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) by American Samoa's delegate in Washington, D.C., Congressman Eni Faleomavaega , after he learned from veterans that the expense of travel made it difficult for many of them to obtain veterans' medical treatment in Honolulu, the nearest facility.

Senator Inouye introduced the provision in the Senate, where it was added to the Defense Department Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 1999.

The provision passed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, but still must be approved by a joint conference committee scheduled to meet early this month.

If the bill is approved, veterans determined to be eligible by the Department of Veterans Affairs will be authorized to travel to Hawaii on military flights.

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