Showing our veterans how grateful we are for their service is difficult to do. Supporting new programs that help returning soldiers and veterans live a healthy, happy life is just one way citizens can say thank you. Just recently it was announced that Tampa International Airport will be showing their appreciation for veterans in another very easy, but very valuable way; by offering disabled veterans free parking.
Nearly 41,000 vehicles in Florida have disabled veteran license plates and from now on they can take advantage of free parking at Tampa's airport. This recent change comes just before a bill is due to be considered by the Florida legislature that would make free parking for disabled veterans a policy at all of Florida's airports.
Parking is considered Tampa International's most lucrative concession, bringing in roughly $62 million in revenue each year. According to the airport's representative, Tampa's parking fees are on the lower end of airport fees around the state but still bring in hundreds of thousands each day.
Although the free parking for disabled veterans in not yet law, some state airports have been offering it for quite some time. Tampa is just another airport getting ahead of the times and saying thank you to servicemen and women in any small way they can.
There are numerous programs and benefits available to veterans and their families. While Tampa airport's new parking rule is for disabled veterans, there are many other benefits for returning soldiers and other veterans. For help identifying programs available to you or if you have been denied a benefit or service you believe you are eligible for, speaking to an attorney may help.
Source: The Tampa Tribune, "Tampa International Airport offers free parking to Florida's disabled veterans," Yvette C. Hammett, Dec. 3, 2015