RELEASE: Palazzo Applauds Passage of Honor Flight Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Steven Palazzo, (MS-4), today released the following statement praising passage of H.R. 4812, The Honor Flight Act.

“The Honor Flight program is one that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve had the privilege to participate in seven Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flights. This organization has given hundreds of Mississippi veterans an opportunity to come to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials and monuments. For many, it is their first and only time to visit the nation’s capital. Honor Flights are a humbling experience for all involved, and they would not be possible without the support of many volunteers, families, and local communities. I am pleased to support passage of this bill that codifies existing TSA practices to ensure that all future Honor Flights receive the preferential treatment they deserve.”

Palazzo was one of just three original sponsors of the bill, alongside Rep. Cedric Richmond (LA-2), whose district is home to The National World War II Museum. The bill would require the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration to collaborate with the Honor Flight Network to establish a process to expedite passenger screening for Honor Flights.

The Honor Flight Network is a not-for-profit organization which has transported more than 100,000 military veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.

7/22/14