Leahy-Authored Bill To Assist Veterans Groups Set To Become Law

WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved legislation sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to make veterans groups eligible to receive surplus property donations from the federal government.  The bill, which is cosponsored by Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), will be sent to the President to be signed into law.  The Senate unanimously passed the legislation in September.

The Formerly Owned Resources for Veterans to Express Thanks for Service Act (FOR VETS Act, S. 3794) will include veterans groups among the list of organizations eligible to apply to receive surplus goods.  These materials include such things as computers, trucks, and home appliances.   The General Services Administration currently oversees the distribution of surplus federal property to eligible organizations, such as medical institutions, organizations that support the homeless, universities, and childcare facilities. 

“The FOR VETS Act enables military veterans to receive donations of surplus goods through the Federal Government’s property distribution program,” said Leahy.  “This legislation is the result of a bipartisan effort, based on a bipartisan recognition of the sacrifices that members of our armed forces make every day for our country.  Today, there is a surplus of available government goods, and this legislation adds military veterans’ groups to the pool of potential recipients for this property.  I am pleased this bill will be signed into law.”

The FOR VETS Act is supported by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

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