Watch: Disabled Veteran Wins Airport Parking Battle

March 02, 2016

Watch: Disabled Veteran Wins Airport Parking Battle

A disabled veteran in Florida won a battle with Tampa International Airport over free parking for disabled veterans. It turned out, the airport in Tampa Florida was using a loophole in the wording of a law to avoid giving disabled veterans free parking required by Florida law.

After calling other Flordia airports and discovering none of them had a problem offering free parking to disabled veterans, Vietnam War vet Lou Hockel contacted State Senator Nancy Detert and shared his problem about the Tampa International Airport using a loophole to bypass the law that benefited Florida's disabled veterans.

Detert then began working on a new law clarifying the old one. The new bill recently passed both houses and is awaiting a signature from the Governor.

What did Hockel have to say about the results of his determination to right a wrong and lawmakers acting on behalf of disabled vets? "Amazing, just totally amazing," Hockel said.

"I don't think any veteran is looking for a free handout but they're nice when they're there," Hockel said.

Watch Interview with Disabled Veteran Who Won Airport Parking Battle

Here is the video sharing this story with an interview of Lou Hockel posted to the WTSP 10 News Facebook page.
10News WTSP's Jonathan Petramala WTSP has the story tonight at 11:00 p.m.
Posted by 10News WTSP on Saturday, February 27, 2016
Read the complete story at Healing Heroes Network's blog.

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