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Veteran's Cash

Launched by Governor Blagojevich, Lt. Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Lottery in February 2006, Veterans Cash is the Lottery's first lottery ticket where 100 percent of proceeds go to support Illinois veterans. Proceeds from the sale of this ticket are deposited into an interest bearing account in the State Treasury called the Illinois Veterans Assistance Fund. The Illinois General Assembly appropriates this money solely to IDVA who will award the money in grants, fund additional services or conduct research relating to veterans' Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, homelessness, health insurance costs, and disability benefits.

In just 9 months, Veterans Cash raised more than $3.2 million for the Illinois Veterans' Assistance Trust Fund.

Link to the State of Illinois website

Veterans Cash Grants

100 percent of the Veterans Cash lottery ticket proceeds go to support Illinois veterans. The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs has $2 million dollars in Veterans Cash grants to give out to non-for-profit organizations by June of 2007. Veterans' organizations and services that help Illinois veterans in one of the following 5 categories can and are encouraged to apply for a Veterans Cash grant: (1) health insurance costs (2) long-term care (3) post-traumatic stress disorder research or treatment (4) disability benefits or (5) housing assistance.

To apply for a Veterans Cash grant - download, complete, and mail a Veterans Cash grant application [PDF, 149KB] Download Adobe Reader to the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.