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A U.S Army soldier in Vietnam, 1965. The iconic picture taken by Horst Faas, was always left uncaptioned and the face unidentified until it was revealed that the man was Larry Wayne Chaffin.When Chaffin was discharged from the army his wife, Fran Chaffin Morrison, met him at the airport. She remembers that after getting off his plane he showed this portrait in a Stars and Stripes publication to which he joked that this “picture is going to make me rich sometime.”

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Sign the petition: Wheelchair Access On Commercial Airlines

I just signed a petition to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama: Please push the Federal Aviation Association to require airlines to provide designated wheelchair accessible spaces on every commercial aircraft, which will allow passengers to remain safely seated in their personal wheelchairs.

Please sign this petition! As it stands now, people who can’t transfer out of their chairs just can’t travel by plane. Not to mention all of us whose chairs get smashed and broken when they’re thrown into the cargo hold, leaving us completely stranded when we get to our destinations.

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Transgender pilots will now be free to fly in the US
Jessica Taylor, a pilot for a Denver regional airline, was victorious after a battle with the Federal Aviation Administration to prove she was just as qualified to fly an aircraft as any trained person who has not transitioned.

I found that gender can mean the difference between captains believing you are qualified or not to fly the aircraft,’ she said, according to MPR News. ‘Over the past few years, many transgender individuals have lost their medical certification due to these outdated practices and policies, while also facing discrimination by the FAA.’

The FAA would previously require pilots to submit results of psychological testing every year in order to be considered to fly in the US. If you failed, you couldn’t fly. But now being transgender is no longer considered a mental illness, the FAA will allow trans pilots to fly planes without undergoing a time-consuming and expensive appeal process to prove they’re fit and able.

While this is a huge step forward for aviation, it has a caveat. The new policy will require additional paperwork and testing if a pilot has been treated with hormone therapy or had gender reassignment surgery less than five years ago.

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