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The U.S. House of Representatives today passed The Clothe a Homeless Hero Act first introduced by local congresswoman Kathy Hochul.

The legislation will require the Transportation Security Administration to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs and local charities to distribute unclaimed clothing left at airport security checkpoints to homeless and needy veterans and veterans’ families.

The news release says the bill passed by voice vote with strong support from members of both parties. Representative Hochul says this is an opportune time for the bill to pass since the weather is getting frigid.

According to the VA, approximately 75,000 veterans are homeless on any given day, and about 20,000 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been homeless within the last 5 years.

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