JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What would you do with an extra $531,000 in pocket change?

That's how much money Americans have left at security check points in airports this year, and one Florida Congressman has an idea of what to do with it.

Rep. Jeff Miller proposed a bill that would give that change to nonprofits that help military members and their families when they fly.

"I have never been first class, I never have. And I don't mind," said reservist Terrilyn Torres.

She says the thanks she gets from people when she travels in uniform is enough.

"Gratitude, and I am really grateful that people realize there is a sacrifice. But mine is minimal compared to what other soldiers have done and those are the real heroes," she said.

But a new bill just passed by the US House could dramatically change the way US military personnel are treated at airports.

Florida Congressman Jeff Miller sponsored a bill that would give all the spare change left at TSA checkpoints to help military families traveling across the country.

"I think that's wonderful! And military families these days would really like that helping hand, it really would be great," said Torres.

"I think that's awesome," said traveler Denise Harmon.

Or it could be designated to improving USO lounges.

"To provide them a really nice place to relax, and some food and drinks... I think that would be a better use of the money," said traveler James Martin.

When it comes to the spare change left though, Torres says every little bit helps.

"Anything that can help they can help the families out would be really great," she said.

The bill passed the US House Wednesday, but it's unclear whether or not the senate will take it up.