Gordon Supports Giving Surplus Supplies to Veterans

Congressman Bart Gordon supported legislation to make veterans organizations eligible for donations of surplus supplies from federal agencies. The FOR VETS Act (S.3794) passed the U.S. House of Representatives on December 14, 2010.
“The FOR VETS Act takes simple steps to benefit the servicemen and women of our country by making the organizations that serve them eligible for donation of surplus federal property,” Gordon said. “This legislation is about honoring our nation’s veterans and showing our thanks for the sacrifices they have made.”
Under the Federal Surplus Personal Property Donation Program, a federal agency may donate surplus property, such as computers, vehicles or old office equipment, to a nonprofit, educational or health organization. The passage of the FOR VETS Act will make recognized veterans organization eligible for surplus property donations.
“Each year, the federal government donates millions of dollars worth of property to eligible organizations. It is my hope that the many organizations supporting veterans of Middle Tennessee will be able to take advantage of the resources available to them through the federal donation program,” Gordon said. “Helping veterans and their families cut through red tape and receive the benefits they deserve has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my job for the past 26 years.”
Gordon has been a strong advocate for veterans in Middle Tennessee. Gordon successfully fought to preserve medical services at Murfreesboro’s York VA Medical Center and supported reforms to improve veterans care over the years. This year, Gordon supported legislation to strengthen resources for veterans living in rural areas, veterans requiring mental health services, women veterans and veterans’ caregivers.