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Vt., Maine senators talk up vets’ aid bill

August 3, 2013

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Susan Collins of Maine are highlighting legislation aimed at letting veterans groups take advantage of federal surplus goods.

The Formerly Owned Resources for Veterans to Express Thanks for Service Act — named to carry the acronym FOR VETS — has passed both Houses of Congress and is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The bill would amend existing law to make veterans groups eligible to receive surplus property, such as computers, trucks and home appliances, being donated by the federal government.

Those groups will be added to a list of recipients of surplus goods that already includes hospitals, providers of assistance to the homeless, universities, and childcare facilities.

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