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Grant from lottery sales funds veterans’ services at SIU

Submitted by Carbondale Times on

SIU will receive about $81,000 from the proceeds of scratch-off lottery ticket sales to help veterans at the university and in greater Carbondale.

This is the fourth consecutive year SIU is receiving the grant, which comes from the Illinois Veterans’ Cash Grant program. The university has received $334,245 over four years to provide services for student veterans.

There were 629 student veterans enrolled for the spring 2011 semester, according to the university. Over the previous year-long grant period that ended July 31, veterans made 4,661 visits to use campus health and wellness facilities at no cost, and 77 veterans received dental care, said Kathleen Plesko, director of SIUC’s Disability Support Services.

The Veterans Cash Lottery, a $2 scratch-off lottery game started in February 2006, funds the program. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to support Illinois veterans through the Illinois Veterans’ Assistance Trust Fund. Since 2006, the program has awarded more than $8.4 million to organizations across Illinois that support veterans.

University Communications contributed to this report.

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