TSA expedites security screening benefits for wounded warriors

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POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 5:10pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 29, 2013 - 8:32am

Moving through airport security isn't always the high point of traveling, but for some it's going to start moving a little faster.

"We are just trying to get the word out that this is a service we have available to our veterans and our wounded soldiers," said William Bartanowicz, Assistant Federal Security Director.

It's a systems that has been used at a lot of larger airports and now will be used across the country. Already, two veterans have been helped at McAllen International Airport.

"We've had a very good outcome, people have been requesting a lot more often, so I don't know if it is a seasonal thing or what, but we have had quite a drastic change numbers of veterans coming by," said Aliver Lazano, Transportation Security Officer.

In short, wounded veterans won't have to remove their shoes, light jackets or hats for TSA. But the service goes further than just getting through security.

"We will meet them at the curb if they want, we will get them to the ticket counter and then we will get them through the security screening process, we will put them on the air plane and then even at the city they are going to, if they want, somebody from TSA will meet them there and help them on their way, and we will do the whole thing all over again when they come back," said Bartanowicz.

But you have to sign up! If you are interested in receiving this service, the wounded warrior or a family member should email the military severely injured Joint Services Operations Center (MSIJSOC@dhs.gov) or call 1-888-262-2396.

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