An airport loose change bill may be coming into effect, and with over $500,000 found each and every year in airports across the U.S., it’s about time that all of this misplaced money was “gifted” somewhere valuable. If the bill is passed by the U.S. Senate, military nonprofits and personnel would receive the benefits of all those lost coins. News Max offers the details this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
The airport loose change bill would reverse quite a hefty sum of coins found in airport screening stations throughout the nation from simply going into people’s pockets and TSA workers’ glass jars at home into an annual collection for military nonprofits and organizations. These quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies might instead under the bill be gifted to programs like the United Service Organization, which works to manage rest stations for traveling service personnel at airports, providing them with meals and other important amenities.
"Any pocket change we would get from this would go to helping out troops and their families," USO spokeswoman Gena Fitzgerald revealed in a statement on the airport loose change bill. "If this passes, we’ll be thrilled -- not just us, but the troops that we serve will be thrilled."
One of the primary supporters of this TSA Loose Change Act is none other than Republican Florida Rep. Jeff Miller, who also holds the position of Chair as the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He believes that this fledgling bill is a great, simple, and cost-effective way to provide more money for our U.S. troops and effectively give back to the military through a gift that doesn’t require much work — just the finding of loose change, essentially. And at $500,000 per year, that’s a lot of money.
"What may seem like a small amount of change left behind... actually amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars each year," Miller said on the bill’s impending passage.
Apparently, the military nonprofits-minded bill would effectively “ensure that thousands of coins, when bundled together, will be used in support of millions of our nation's warriors.”