2002-03-30 / Community

Fed Surplus Property Available to Vets

Fed Surplus Property Available to Vets

New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith (D-Queens) today announced the availability of various ornamental military items that can be donated to veterans organizations and related groups for military displays and ceremonies.

"There are a number of ceremonial items, monuments and other types of memorabilia that would enhance military-related observances that have been made available to veterans," Senator Smith said.

According to the Queens lawmaker, obsolete government equipment and other historical items can be acquired from all branches of the military to meet specific needs of organizations who wish to display them or incorporate them into their group’s operations. Among those authorized to receive these kinds of military items are military organizations and museums; municipal corporations; soldier’s monument associations; museum, historical society or historical institutions of states or foreign nations; incorporated museums; veterans’ associations; and sons of veterans reserves.

"Since 9-11, our nation is feeling a renewed sense of pride and support of our country’s military and our veterans. I can think of no better time to help make possible the responsible use and display of these valuable symbols of remembrance of those who served our country and fought for our freedom," Senator Smith said.

The Senator concluded by advising veterans’ groups to contact Evan Reeder in his Albany office at 518-455-2195 for more information or further assistance.

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