WASHINGTON — Unclaimed clothing forgotten by harried passengers at airport security checkpoints would be distributed to needy veterans under a House-approved bill.
The Clothe a Homeless Hero Act now goes to the Senate.
“As cold weather approaches across much of the country, this legislation will be a greatly needed help for homeless veterans while we work to end homelessness for good," Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.), the bill's chief sponsor, said Tuesday.
The Transportation Security Administration collects from 500 to 1,000 garments a day, according to Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.), vice chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
About 67,000 veterans are believed to be homeless on any given night, he said. The measure directs TSA to "make every reasonable effort" to donate unclaimed clothing to organizations that serve veterans.