12-11-20 air america act

Republican congressman Glenn Grothman has introduced a bipartisan measure to provide federal pensions to covert pilots during the Korean and Vietnam war era for secret CIA operations.   Grothman introduced the Air America Act with Democratic congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York.  “The people who flew those airlines are not getting military pensions which is not right because they had some of the riskiest jobs in the Vietnam War,”  Grothman told WFDL news.  “We are trying to do these veterans right.”  Between 1950 and 1976 a group of approximately 500 U.S. citizens worked flight operations for Air America, which was portrayed as a private company carrying out flight operations during the Cold War.  Now declassified documents have revealed that Air America was fully owned by the U.S. government.

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